Yes, food can contribute to cancer. In fact, processed foods – those high in sugar and low in fiber and nutrients – have been linked to higher cancer risk.
But there are healthy options (that taste good, too). We’ll dive into some of the science behind different diets, including plant-based. But the basics are simple: A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains trumps processed foods.
However, keep in mind that most research only points to associations between diet and cancer, and not necessarily a cause-and-effect relationship.
Foods high in antioxidantsProtects cells from damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of aging. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, Vitamins A, C, and E, and other natural and manufactured substances. – dark chocolate, pecans, blueberries, strawberries, kale, and
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