It's no secret that a healthy diet can help us feel better, perform better, and look better. But did you know that eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes, and healthy fats can actually help us prevent disease and cancer, and fight it too. Strong evidence shows that a diet filled with a variety of plant based foods helps lower our risk for many cancers.
"Research suggests that only five to ten percent of cancers are hereditary. That means that non-inherited causes of cancer - the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels - have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk." - preventcancer.org
At the farm, we've made it our mission to feed local people really healthy food. Eating the right foods can help all of us feel great! Whether you're looking to feed your body the vitamins and nutrients it deserves to protect yourself from the onset of disease, or looking to fight cancer with food, eating a balanced diet of healthy foods is evermore important. So we've put together a list of 5 cancer-fighting foods that we use in our meals - they're healthy, delicious, cancer-kicking rockstars.
THE FARMACY: 5 CANCER FIGHTING FOODS
Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale are cancer fighting rockstars. Components in these veggies can protect you from free radicals that damage your cells' DNA. They may also shield you from cancer-causing chemicals, help slow the growth of tumors, and encourage cancer cells to die. These are a tasty and healthy addition to a anti-cancer diet.
What To Try At The Farm: BrocStar GO Box, Kale Caesar GO Box, or Minestrone Soup
Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and swiss chard are great sources of the antioxidants, beta-carotene and lutein. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, studies have found that nutrients in these leafy greens may limit the growth of some kinds of cancer cells.
What To Try At The Farm: Athens GO Box, Kale Caesar GO Box, or Moroccan Chicken Stew
Evidence suggests that tomatoes and tomato products may reduce the risk for gastric, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancers. Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their ruby red color, may help prevent cell damage.
What To Try At The Farm: Pizza (yes, we said pizza), Southwestern Vegetable Soup, or the Chili
Those who eat more garlic are less likely to develop various kinds of cancer, especially in digestive organs such as the esophagus, stomach, and colon. Ingredients in the pungent bulbs may keep cancer-causing substances in your body from working, or they may keep cancer cells from multiplying.
What To Try At The Farm: Everything!
Root vegetables like sweet potato, butternut squash, and carrots are chock full of a powerful antioxidant known as beta-carotene, primarily found in orange veggies and leafy greens. Studies have show that people who eat a diet high in beta-carotene have a reduced risk of cancer, particularly the lung, colon and stomach. Eating lots of vegetables that include beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C and fiber can reduce the risk of breast cancer by about half.
What To Try At The Farm: Butternut Squash Risotto, Valencia GO Box, or Ananda GO Box
Want to learn more and try our healthy meals for yourself? We'll bring you FREE meals so you can see if we're a good fit. All you have to do is send us your info, here.
Disclaimer: Not intended to replace medical advice from your physician or health care provider.