Food Choice in a Nutshell
Adopting more of the following dietary habits may help reduce cancer risk:
- Enjoy seven to 10 fresh vegetables per day. Aim to eat both raw and cooked vegetables of many different colors, especially crucifers.
- Consume three to six fresh fruits or juices per day. Citrus and berry fruits are noted for reducing cancer and vascular disease risk.
- Replace refined flour products with whole grains. Limit breads and pastas and replace with brown rice, millet or barley.
- Don't skimp on spices. Incorporate garlic, onions, horseradish, cayenne, turmeric, curry and other spices as often as possible.
- Become fungus friendly. Include gourmet shiitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms in your recipes.
- Eat raw nuts and seeds. Fresh flax meal, sunflower and sesame seeds, and raw almonds contain beneficial essential fatty acids.
- Drink more antioxidant rich green and red tea.
Avoiding these foods is also a protective measure: Meat, dairy, saturated fats, pesticides, white flour, sugar and synthetic colors, chemicals and preservatives.