Top Cancer-Fighting Foods for Weight Loss

November 4, 2013

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Breast cancer awareness month may have come to an end, but your health should always be at the forefront of your mind. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. As your focus shifts toward the upcoming holidays, you may be thinking about friends or family members who have battled the disease.

It’s not uncommon for these emotions to take over and trigger a binge. And with holiday parties that offer buffets of unlimited, often unhealthy food choices, it’s easy to mask your emotions with comfort foods. The irony is that an unhealthy diet may contribute to certain cancers. Instead, take a stand and fill up on cancer-fighting foods that will help you lose weight too!

Tomato: This delicious fruit brings color to salads, sauces, and even holds its own as an appetizer topped with balsamic vinegar and fresh basil. It gets its bright red color from the antioxidant compound lycopene, which some studies suggest make tomatoes a cancer-fighting food. Try to get five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day to aid your weight loss efforts.

Cauliflower: Cauliflower and other vegetables in the cruciferous family???broccoli and Brussels sprouts???contain the cancer-fighting chemicals sulforaphane and isothiocyanate. Studies have shown these chemicals may reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers. Plus, cauliflower packs in a hefty amount of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, iron, and almost 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C to boost your immune system. Satisfy your mashed potato craving with pureed cauliflower. You’ll get the same, creamy taste with fewer carbs.

Garlic: According to the National Cancer Institute, garlic’s high sulfur content sets it apart as a cancer-fighting food. Several studies show garlic can reduce the risk of breast, stomach, colon, pancreas, and esophagus cancers. Garlic adds delicious flavor almost any dish, including homemade salad dressings, stir fries, meat or chicken marinades, and more! You can have fun and get creative in the kitchen.

Turmeric: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may help slow the growth of cancer cells. Research shows it reduced the development of cancer in lab animals. The spice, used in curries and other Indian dishes, adds color and flavor to your meal. Many curries contain turmeric and can be great for your medical weight loss plan when prepared properly. Sauces made just with spices and a broth or tomato base will help you avoid additional fat and calories.

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