Preventing Cancer: 18 Foods Proven to Protect your From Certain Cancers

Maryann Postiglione

Preventing Certain Cancers

Fiber-containing grain products, fruits are vegetables are directly associated with reducing your risk of certain cancers.

Cancer is a complicated, complex, and multifaceted in how it's developed, treated, and prevented. We still don't know exactly how a high fiber diet that is low in fats plays a role in preventing cancer, but what we do know is that it won't hurt you to add new foods to your daily plan! 

What's amazing is that simply changing your eating habits can change the development of certain cancers and prevent cancer in your body! Check out how the FDA classifies this claim: 


"The scientific evidence establishes that diets low in fat and high in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of some types of cancer. Although the specific role of total dietary fiber, fiber components, and the multiple nutrients and other substances contained in these foods are not yet fully understood, many studies have shown that diets low in fat and high in fiber-containing foods are associated with reduced risk of some types of cancer."  

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21

The most nutritious fruits will get you on the right track with your vitamins and antioxidants. The nutrients in fruits such as vitamin C and vitamin E work as antioxidants for your fat soluble and water soluble metabolism. There are numerous benefits of eating fruits and the importance to fruits in your diet may even prevent you from a life-threatening illness such as cancer. The benefits of eating fruits are tremendous, and the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," turns out to be more on point than you'd think. 

Fruit benefits are great for preventing cancer, and the nutrients in vegetables which contain a variety of vitamins and minerals will improve your health on a daily basis as well as in the long-term. A fruit and vegetable list that is diverse in color is your best bet the get the maximum benefits through your diet. The health benefits of black beans, for instance, will give you magnesium, iron, and fiber can be found with any health benefits of beans. 

Here's some foods you can add to your day to reduce your risk of developing cancer at any point in your life:

Healthy Beans:

  • Navy Beans

  • Kidney Beans

  • Lentils

  • Black Beans

  • Pinto Beans

  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

  • Hummus

Eating Vegetables

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Broccoli

Nutritious Grains

  • Whole Wheat Grains (i.e. Breads and Pastas)
  • Pearled Barley
  • Bran Cereal
  • Oatmeal 

Best Fruits to Eat

  • Figs
  • Dates

  • Pumpkin

  • Almonds*

  • Bananas

  • Broccoli

*almonds are nuts, but did you know they're a part of the peach family?


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