Cancer is an overwhelming epidemic. The number of people affected by cancer is simply heartbreaking. We are learning more about preventive measures and we become more knowledgeable about the causes.
We know their is a relationship between what we eat and cancer and this creates lists of what not to eat such as french fries. We also have identified some foods that we should eat like artichokes and red wine. Many people are so concerned with convenience of their fast food supper, they don’t stop to think about what they are ingesting. First rule in the grocery store is to stay away from prepared prepackeaged meals.
Here are some suggestions found in the book Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007) the authors Liz Armstrong, Guy Dauncey and Anne Wordsworth consider and list the importance of eating specific foods and drinks for cancer protection. Many of these you may eat but not realize how good they are for you. Others of you may turn up your nose but you should weigh the pros and cons, then search for ways to include them in dishes even if you don’t want to eat them ala carte.
1. Cruciferous vegetables:
Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale. These score high for containing many anti-cancer substances such as isothiocyanates. If you don’t like to eat them as a stand-alone dish, try incorporating them into casseroles in small pieces. You will still be able to get some of the advantages without being able to really taste them.
Globe artichoke has very high levels of salvestrols and should be included in your diet. Try adding it to salads and casseroles.
3. Dark greens and vegetables:
Dark greens such as spinach and romaine lettuce add fiber, folate and a wide range of cancer-fighting carotenoids to your diet along with other dark colored vegetables such as beets and red cabbage.
4. Grapes and red wine:
Snack on grapes or add a glass of wine to a meal for the reservatrol.
Add beans, peas and lentils for the saponins, protease inhibitors and more.
Berries particularly blueberries or raspberries should be added to the diet for the ellagic acid and anthocyanosides.
Flaxseed is good in the diet if you grind it yourself and consume when fresh for the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, lignans and other “good fats.”
8. Garlic, onions, leeks and scallions:
These are good in the diet for many anti-cancer substances including allicin.
9. Green tea:
Green Tea is known for its anti-cancer catechins which is a potent antioxidant.
Tomatoes are added to the diet for the famous flavenoid lycopene.
Regardless of you time constraints, there are ways to add healthy, nutritious foods into your diet. In these fast times where we search for convenience, are we sacrificing the quality of a lifetime for the sake of a little time at the moment?