What you eat plays a very important role in your health, and this goes far beyond simple concepts like “fried food is bad” and “vegetables are good.” Just as certain foods have the power to cause diseases – like sugar and diabetes – some foods can help to fight and prevent illness. UCHealth Oncology Dietitian Liz Nyce recently shared some tips about the best foods to eat when you’re looking to fight or prevent cancer.
First of all, you can forget the idea that you’ll have to suffer through a lot of bland food to get health benefits. In fact, some of the most flavorful natural foods out there are excellent choices when it comes to dealing with cancer. For example, some studies show that allium vegetables like chives, onions, garlic, shallots and leeks contain sulfur compounds that protect against prostate and stomach cancer.
In addition, foods with cooked tomatoes contain high amounts of lycopene, which has been shown to help prevent prostate cancer, so bring on the marinara! Whole food sources of soy can also help fight the disease; she recommends soybeans, miso, and tempeh. When buying anything made with soy, be sure you get organic.