Scientific research suggests that some components of food may play a role in decreasing the risk of developing cancer. These include phytochemicals, found in fruits, vegetables and grains; antioxidants, such as vitamins C, E, and beta carotene; and omega-3 fatty acids, found in seafood and beans. Here are a few delicious recipes full of these nutritious foods.

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Crab Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Baby Greens  

FACT:  Grapefruit is not only loaded with vitamin C, but red varieties also contain the antioxidant lycopene. Note: Grapefruit can interact badly with some chemo treatments and prescribed medications so check with your doctor that it is okay for you to eat.

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Sticky Black Pepper Tofu

FACT:  Protein is important to keep your body functioning and is needed for growth and repair. During cancer treatment, your protein requirements may increase and tofu  is a good source of protein, iron and calcium. It also contains all eight essential amino acids and is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.

White Bean and Spinach Soup

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FACT: Beans contain  inositol hexaphosphate, or IP6 for short, is efficiently absorbed and has shown in preliminary studies to enhance the effects of conventional chemotherapy.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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FACT: Garlic is protective against most gastro-intestinal cancers. Also, a study at the Georgia State University shows that ginger has the ability to shrink tumor size by up to 56%!

Turkey Stir-fry with Broccoli and Pak Choi

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FACT: The isothiocyanate in broccoli activates genes that fight cancer and can prevent other genes from forming cancerous tumors.

Chicken salad with peas in celery ribs

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FACT: Celery is full of flavonoids which can cause pancreatic cancer cells to self-destruct. People with pancreatic cancer would probably not be able to eat enough foods rich in flavonoids to raise their blood plasma levels high enough to act on cancer cells, but people who eat a lot of flavonoid-rich foods such as celery, artichokes and herbs like oregano could have a reduced risk of contracting pancreatic cancer.

Orange and date salad with honey yoghurt

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FACT:  The Vitamin C which is abundantly available in oranges protects against nitrosamines, cancer-causing agents which are thought to be responsible for the development of many stomach and colon cancers.

Couscous salad

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FACT: It’s not uncommon to experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite after some treatments. This delicious couscous salad recipe can help you keep up your strength.

Apple and oat muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACT: An apple a day may actually keep the doctor away! Apples are full of phytochemicals, which reduce cancer. Pectin, the fibre in apple skin, prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, and nourishes the intestinal lining making it more resistant to becoming cancerous.

FACT: Oats also contain hundreds of phytochemicals, and are rich in antioxidants. They are also full of dietary fibre, and the insoluble fibres in oats are thought to reduce carcinogens in the gastrointestinal tract.

Creamy salmon gnocchi

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACT: Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which appear to play a role in warding off cancer. Also, a diet too high in red meat can increase your chance of bowel cancer, so sometimes it’s good to substitute red meat with fish.

FACT: Broad beans contain a high amount of antioxidants. They also contain lignins, which research suggests can help to prevent pancreatic and bowel cancer.

Sweet potato soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACT: Sweet potatoes and carrots contain extremely high levels of beta carotene, which can block the growth of cancerous cells by boosting the immune system and releasing a chemical called tumor necrosis factor.

Apple Chocolate Mud Cake

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FACT: Apples are a good source of fibre and vitamin C. In laboratory studies, flavonoids, such as quercetin and the triterpenoids found in apples, have slowed the development of cancers of the colon, lung and breast in several stages of cancer development.

 

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