Fall Fruits and Vegetables that Fight Cancer

Fall in love with these autumn favorites, which are useful in preventing a variety of cancers. 

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    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.
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    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.
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    Kennedy points out diets rich in broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts have been found to lower the chances of lung, prostate and stomach cancer.
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    Studies indicate leafy greens, like cabbage, have key components useful in destroying cancer-causing cells that may be lingering in the body.
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    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.
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    Cranberries contain benzoic acid, which has been shown to inhibit the growth of lung cancer, colon cancer and some forms of leukemia.
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    “Kale is a top choice because it's rich in phytonutrients called indoles, which stimulate liver detoxification and help fight cancer,” says Kennedy. 
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    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.
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    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.
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    This fall, look out for potatoes and a variety of winter squashes to keep you feeling full the healthy way.
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    Keep an eye out for fruits and vegetables featuring red and orange, like the seasonal pumpkin.
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    Several studies show lycopene, an ingredient found in tomatoes, can prevent prostate cancer.
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