Eight essential cancer-fighting foods

There's a delicious way to fight the battle against cancer and it all has to do with what you eat. Celebrity nutritionist and chef Christine Avanti says there are eight foods in particular that can help fight cancer.
There's a delicious way to fight the battle against cancer and it all has to do with what you eat. Celebrity nutritionist and chef Christine Avanti says there are eight foods in particular that can help fight cancer. 

"The world of food - when we're talking about real food - is loaded with a plethora of benefits," said Avanti. "Being Italian, I use garlic in almost everything except desserts. It has these sulfuric compounds that actually fight-off cancer producing cells."

Next up, asparagus is another veggie that helps in the battle. "Asparagus is high in the B vitamin called folate. Eat more asparagus and you're gonna reduce the risk of colon, ovarian, and certain types of breast cancers."

Artichokes help keep your heart healthy but they can tackle the big C too. "You can take it, steam it, boil it, roast it. Artichoke is loaded with a flavanoid, it's also known as an antioxidant called quercetin. It actually kills cancer causing carcinogens," said Avanti. "There was a recent study and red onions and shallots came out at the highest for cancer-fighting compounds. Chop up shallots, put them in a sauce, you can slice up red onion, throw it in a salad."

Broccoli and tomato together have an amazing effect. "It's so simple to incorporate it into your diet. Soups, salads, omelets scrambled, even stir-fry. Don't be afraid to combine the two," said Avanti. "Another great cancer-fighting food is cabbage. It fights off certain forms of breast cancer. When you ferment cabbage it actually boosts its cancer-fighting potential."

Some other great cancer fighters, featured in her book Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food, are corn, which helps prevent colon cancer and pistachios. "Recent research has shown that resveratrol - found in pistachios - may actually reduce the risk of certain cancers. And don't forget, resveratrol is that great antioxidant we also find in grapes an in wine."
 
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