Stacy Kennedy, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, says many fruits and vegetables are at their nutritional peak during this cool season, making now a great time to incorporate them into a healthy diet.
Besides being crisp, sweet, and juicy, apples contain quercetin, a nutrient that protects the cell’s DNA from getting damaged that could lead to the development of cancer.
Kennedy points out diets rich in broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts have been found to lower the chances of lung, prostate and stomach cancer.
Studies indicate leafy greens, like cabbage, have key components useful in destroying cancer-causing cells that may be lingering in the body.
Carrots, as well as pumpkins, squash and sweet potatoes are all packed with a cancer fighting nutrient called carotenoid. Kennedy says carotenoids have been linked to the prevention of colon, prostate, breast, and lung cancer.
Cranberries contain benzoic acid, which has been shown to inhibit the growth of lung cancer, colon cancer and some forms of leukemia.
“Kale is a top choice because it's rich in phytonutrients called indoles, which stimulate liver detoxification and help fight cancer,” says Kennedy.
Just like the leaves on the trees, fall is a time for colorful vegetables, including beets, carrots and parsnips. They add a burst of color and taste. The brighter the pigment, the higher the level of cancer-fighting nutrients.
A noteworthy fruit in season is the pomegranate, a great source of fiber. This ruby-hued fruit is also ideal in preventing colon cancer and managing a healthy weight.
This fall, look out for potatoes and a variety of winter squashes to keep you feeling full the healthy way.
Keep an eye out for fruits and vegetables featuring red and orange, like the seasonal pumpkin.
Several studies show lycopene, an ingredient found in tomatoes, can prevent prostate cancer.
Fall in love with these autumn favorites, which are useful in preventing a variety of cancers.