Every October we celebrate, educate, and spread awareness about Breast Cancer and whatever could contribute to its prevention. Most of us know someone personally that has experienced cancer or a "cancer scare;" and while the way to beat cancer is early detection, there are lifestyle changes that you can make to help reduce your risk.
Eating more farm-fresh foods that feed our bodies the right vitamins, nutrients, and minerals has been proven to help reduce the risk of cancer. According to BreastCancer.org, "Some scientists think that you could reduce your cancer risk by as much as 40% by eating more vegetables, fruits, and other plant foods that have certain phytochemicals in them." So, do yourself a favor and take a look at the list below and incorporate more of these cancer-fighting foods into your diet!
NOTE: While there is not one food or diet that can prevent you from getting breast cancer, eating more of these foods can help to reduce your risk.
Roasted Rainbows with Carrot Top Pesto.
Mayo Clinic, "Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are among the top fruit sources of antioxidants" so make sure you eat at least one serving these berries per day! Add berries to yogurt, smoothies, or eat as a small snack or dessert with dark chocolate. If you'd like to learn more about strawberries, make sure you visit the Florida Strawberry Growers Association website!
Mayo Clinic recommends you choose red, orange (as in these sweet potatoes), deep yellow and dark green leafy vegetables every day. Not as healthy for you, even though delicious, is sweet potato fries. Try roasting or steaming instead.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, women who consume soy are less likely to develop breast cancer. So try adding more tofu, soy milk, soybeans, and tempeh to your meals as a low fat, high protein meat replacement.
Note: Always consult a physician for any specific health questions and concerns. Some of this information may be subject to change should there be any new findings from Federal Health Administration (FHA), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Cancer Society (ACS), and / or other leading food, nutrition and medical advisors.