The word "cancer" horrifies us,having known someone who fought the deadly disease gives the terrible picture of how life changes with the shocking diagnosis and the following painful treatments.On brighter side most cancers can be preventable , watchful diet and active lifestyle can considerably lower the risk of developing the cancers.Its our responsibility to take good care and nurture the gifted good health.Since cancer can be diagnosed at any age,it always better to be safe than sorry,eat and live healthy.
Cancer in simple terms is defined as "uncontrolled growth of defective cells in the body,that damage the healthy tissue".Read the in depth Cell biology of cancer.A healthy immune system is the best defense against such cancerous growth.Junk diet,pollutants in the foods like pesticides and artificial or genetically modified foods like Trans fat ,unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking alcohol,do no good for bodies defenses. Simple changes in diet has proven to boost the bodies immunity and provides the nutrients which clear-up the toxins in the bodies.3 simple rules to be mindful while making food choices:
*Eating fresh fruits and vegetables ,rich in antioxidants that fight against cancer causing free radicals(the bad guys).Remember excess cooking can kill some of the essential vitamins.Spice up and flavor up your veggies and cook until just necessary and deep frying leaves them nullified of vitamins.
* High fiber foods help in flushing out the toxins.
* Reduce the consumption of Saturated fats like butter , high fat cheese and also high fat red meats.Use healthier fats like Extra virgin olive oil and vegetable oil in moderate quantities.Choose lean meat like lean beef,turkey and chicken.
I've referred here,here,here and here to learn about top cancer combating foods.Its relieving to know most of the foods are part of my list of nature's best list.I've summed the check list of top cancer fighting foods ,do tally them and try to incorporate the missing foods in your diet.Here are delicious recipes I posted with these wonder foods.
1.Soy beans(Edamame) and soy products like Tofu.
2.Cabbage and Cruciferous green vegetables like broccoli,spinach,Kale ,cauliflower,Brussel sprouts ,radishes,broccoli rabe.
3.Dark Chocolate ,Cocoa
9.Citrus fruits like grapefruits ,oranges and Berries
10.Lentils and Beans(legumes)
11.Fish high in Omega 3s like Fresh Salmon
13.Sweet potatoes and Carrots
Edamame(baby soy beans),the Star Legume.
Edamame(pronounced Ed-ah-maa-me),the Japanese Legumes are the latest star in the health foods.Harvested before maturity,edamame are cholesterol-free form of plant protein, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids,believed to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, prostate cancer, breast cancer and the symptoms of menopause.
These taste yummier than it looks with slightly sweet nutty flavor.Just plain boiled and seasoned with spices,make a healthful snack.I bought these Organic Edamame in cute little snack size packs,ready to eat from Costco.Its usually available pre-cooked in well stocked super markets under frozen vegetables section.
Combined with creamy avocado,the edamame spread was brimming with health and nutrition.Great for dipping with your favorite crackers or toast and spreading on a sandwich.
(Adapted from Original recipe at Artsy foodie)
1 Cup frozen edamame (baby soybeans), shelled and thawed
1 ripe avocado, peeled,seeded and cut in cubes
2 tablespoon Lemon juice,freshly squeezed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small green chilly,chopped or use 1/2 teaspoon black pepper for heat.
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley ,finely chopped
Blend on the ingredients together until smooth and spreadable.Serve with crackers or crostini(little toasts) or spread on sandwiches.
Variation with Peas instead of Avocados
1 cup of fresh peas can also be substituted instead of avocados.
I dedicate this post to Cooking to Combat Cancer,food event raising awareness about cancer fighting foods. Cooking to Combat Cancer was started in by Chris of Melle Cotte ,who is a brave cancer survivor sharing her experience and precious advice to fight cancer.