Powerhouse Foods: Which plant foods should I eat?

A good way to approach healthy eating is to eat a variety of many colorful plant foods every day. Try to get in the entire rainbow of color each week!

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Beans: High in many fibers, vitamins, minerals and lignans. These phytochemicals protect our cells from damage that may lead to cancer.

Berries: Rich in ellagic acid. Ellagic acid seems to use several different cancer-fighting methods at once.

Cruciferous vegetables: Compounds in the cabbage family- Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and kale, help to regulate a complex system of enzymes that defend against cancer.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: Spinach, leaf lettuce and kale are excellent sources of fiber, folate and a carotenoids such as lutein.

Garlic: Compounds such as allicin has been shown in studies to slow or stop the growth of tumors in prostate, bladder, colon and stomach cancer.

Grapes: Both grapes and grape juice are rich in resveratrol. This plant compound slows the growth of cancer cells and inhibits the formation of some tumors.

Green Tea: Since ancient times, tea has been used as both beverage and medicine. Tea is the best source of catechins in the human diet, and may reduce the risk of several cancer types.

Whole Grains: Rich in fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants that protect cells from damage that may lead to cancer.

 Source: American Institute for Cancer Research