AICR'S FOODS THAT FIGHT CANCER™
No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. But strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.
Foods Can Fight Cancer Both Directly …
In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Yet evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds working together in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection.
… And Indirectly
AICR research finds that excess body fat increases the risk of 11 cancers. Vegetables and fruits are relatively low in calories. Whole grains and beans are rich in fiber, which also can help with weight management. That is one reason AICR recommends filling at least 2/3 of your plate with plant foods.
Research on foods that fight cancer – and that may also aid cancer survival – is ongoing and active.
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Here are some of the foods we at AICR get asked about most often. Click each one to learn what current science says about its potential role in cancer protection. You’ll also find links to recent AICR articles, cooking tips, recipes and more.
Foods That Fight Cancer
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