By Laura Nathan-Garner, MD Anderson Staff Writer
Want to add a side of cancer prevention to your next meal? Whip up these recipes to get a tasty dose of breast cancer-fighting nutrients.
Kale Chips Recipe
Who said it's not easy eating greens? Kale chips are sure to please even those who normally turn their noses up at veggies. That's because kale chips offer the crunch and flavor of potato chips with almost none of the fat and sodium.
Added bonus: leafy greens like kale are a great source of fiber, folate and cancer-fighting carotenoids, which probably protect against cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx. And, according to some laboratory studies, kale's antioxidant effects also may help fight off certain breast, skin, lung and stomach cancers.
Get our recipe for kale chips.
Shortcake Biscuits with Berries Recipe
When it comes to foods that fight breast cancer, it's hard to beat strawberries. They're filled with ellagic acid, which has been shown to help prevent breast, skin, lung, esophagus and bladder cancers. And, like other berries, they're loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients such as vitamin C and fiber.
Old-fashioned Tomato Soup Recipe
The tomato gets its classic red hue from an antioxidant called lycopene. In laboratory studies, tomato components like lycopene have been shown to stop the spread of breast, lung and endometrial cancer cells.
The evidence is even stronger for processed tomato products, such as tomato sauce and even ketchup. That's because processing the tomato releases the lycopene so it can be more easily absorbed by the body.
Get this low-fat tomato soup recipe for a daily dose of lycopene.
Get Tips that Go Beyond the Dinner Table
Of course, preventing and beating breast cancer requires more than just eating the right foods. Learn what you can do to prevent breast cancer in this month's issue of Focused on Health.
You'll find our expert's top 5 tips for cutting your breast cancer risk. You'll also get tips for making your next mammogram a more comfortable experience. And, you'll learn who really needs genetic testing for cancer.
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