When you go to the grocery store, you probably have lots of priorities to balance. You need to find food that gives you energy. You probably want to do a better job of eating more healthy foods. (Think fresh vegetables, real fruit, beans, and whole grains.) Plus, you might want foods that can help while you lose weight or build muscle. And you probably wouldn’t mind stocking up on foods that can protect your body from disease. That’s why you should add some cancer-fighting foods to your grocery list.
Nobody wants to develop cancer. But it can be tough to figure out what you should do to prevent it. Fortunately, we can help. Each of the cancer-fighting foods that made our list — and your grocery list — has scientific evidence in its corner. Ready to stock up? Read on to check out the cancer-fighting foods you should add to your diet.
Did your mom ever tell you to eat your broccoli? She knew what she was doing. Broccoli contains antioxidants, vitamins, and anti-carcinogenic compounds. Specifically, broccoli contains glucosinolates. Glucosinolates get converted into other compounds, including isothiocyanates. And isothiocyanates reduce the risk of cancer, especially if you prepare your broccoli by steaming. That’s the best cooking method to leave the compounds intact.
Brassica vegetables — including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale — are most strongly associated with a decreased risk of lung, stomach, colon, and rectal cancer. That makes broccoli a pretty great addition to a grocery list studded with cancer-fighting foods.
Ready to give it a try? Check out these surprisingly delicious broccoli recipes.