It can be difficult to trust the media when it comes to which foods cause and prevent cancer. It seems like everyday, there is a new perspective on whether or not a certain food or food group is healthy for you. You can hear that a certain type of food is shown to prevent cancer and then the next day it is shown to cause it. Below, you will find proven organic foods that offer protection against cancer as well as real ways that it does this.
Organic food reduces ingestion risk of pesticides and chemicals
Organic fruits, vegetables and foods reduce your risk of ingesting pesticides and other chemicals. With non-organics, this is a real concern and the main reason washing your fruits and vegetables comes highly recommended. With organic food, these chemicals are not allowed to be used. That means plant growth is never facilitated and pesticides or other chemicals are unlikely to be present unless the company is an illegitimate organic grower.
Know the "dirt dozen"
These are the fruits and vegetables that should always be washed before ingestion. Knowing this list is important to protecting yourself from the pesticides and chemicals that are used on non-organic foods. When you eat organics only, there's less of a concern but these foods should still be washed for maximum protection.
Know the differing types of organics
There are three primary ways to label a product "organic."
If a particular food says "100% organic," this means all ingredients in the product are organic.
If it just says "organic," this means 95% of the ingredients are organic.
If it says "made with organic ingredients," this means at least 70% of the ingredients are organic.
Growers are able to use the second two labels even when corn syrups and artificial ingredients are present in the product, so you need to be mindful about the foods you are buying with an organic label.
Foods with real cancer fighting ability
Some foods go beyond their organic label and have real cancer fighting ability. These are foods that have been researched and proven to be extremely healthy and may be effective at reducing your risk of cancer or even treating cancer that is already present.
Tomatoes contain the natural chemical lycopene, which is commonly found in other plants as well. This chemical is an antioxidant and may lower your risk of stomach, lung and prostate cancer.
Broccoli may help lower your chance of breast, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, bladder and live cancer. Its cancer fighting properties come from sulforaphane, which is a compound that has shown to boost enymes and flush-out cancer causing chemicals in the body.
Beans contain a high amount of fiber and fiber is very healthy for your colon. Beans also have plant proteins, which are a great alternative to meat which can cause colon cancer.
Watermelon, like tomatoes, contains lycopene. It also has beta-carotene and vitamin C, which can help eliminate harmful cells in the body.
Soy provides your body with plant estrogens. Men that already have prostate cancer can eat soy or soy products to lower prostate-specific antigen levels, called PSA levels.
Green tea has many antioxidants that help to cleanse the body from harmful toxins and stop cells from turning into cancer. Green tea may protect the body from liver, prostate and colon cancer.
Garlic may protect the body from colon and stomach cancer. Fortunately, it's also a very flavorful vegetable that can be used to garnish a main dish and add additional taste.
Berries have phytonutrients that can help reduce the chance of cancer. Phytonutrients slow the growth of premalignant cells.
Walnuts may be effective at blocking estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells. This could potentially slow the growth of the cells.
When it comes to organic food against cancer, there are a variety of foods that can be beneficial. They are all natural foods and no meats made the list.
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