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List of the Top 10 Anti-Cancer Foods: Defence Against Breast Cancer And More

Updated on July 31, 2012

Why is it that scientists have not developed a pill to cure cancer? Maybe they just need more time. The truth is that taking a pill can never address the continual onslaught of toxins caused by a decaying ozone layer, pollution from airborne and waterborne toxins, over the counter and prescription drugs and thousands of toxins in home care, personal care and processed food products the body encounters on a daily basis. In addition, the lack of nutrition caused by poor diet choices greatly increases the risk of cancer.

Studies reveal that the only effective way to treat cancer is to either reduce or eliminate as many of the causes as possible. Diet is responsible for approximately 40 percent of all cancer cases. The cancer foods industries, more commonly known as the fast foods and processed foods industry are presently producing North America’s most popular foods, which are also the top cancer causing foods.

Doughnuts chips, crackers and cookies - All are usually made with white flour, sugar and trans-fats, known to be linked to cancer.

French Fries - They are made with hydrogenated oils and fried at high temperature. These oils develop cancer-causing substances during the frying process.

Processed meats - The worst type of processed meats are those that contain sodium nitrate. The Cancer Prevention Coalition says that children shouldn't eat more than 12 hot dogs a month because they contain large amounts of Sodium nitrate. Sodium nitrate produces potent cancer-causing chemicals that accelerate the formation and growth of cancer cells in the body.

Cancer prevention not only involves avoiding carcinogenic foods, but providing the body with a proper defense against all cancer causing agents.Vitamin deficiency has been found to be linked to cancer. Research reveals that deficiencies in vitamins B12, B6, or folic acid increase the risk of cancer.

Nutrients known to protect against cancer include beta-carotene, calcium, carotenoids, curcumin, folic acid, melatonin, selenium, silymarin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K. Milk thistle is known for its detoxifying effects on the liver, which assists in the prevention of liver cancer. Many health experts recommend detoxing the body periodically. The best way to maximize bodily defences against cancer is consuming the right foods. Here is a list of the top 10 anti-cancer foods:

1. Berries

Berries contain powerful chemicals which act as antioxidants, which protect against many types of cancer.

2. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is high in beta carotene which boosts the immune defenses. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include sweet potatoes, carrots, squash and yellow and red peppers.

3. Pineapple

Pineapple is rich in the enzyme bromelain, which studies show may be effective against breast cancer.

4. Apples

Apples are rich in quercetin, which has been effective in protecting against prostate and lung cancer.

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in lycopene which is able to reduce the risk of cervical, ovarian and prostate cancer.

6 Spinach

Spinach is rich in the antioxidants lutein and vitamin E, which are effective in combating colon, prostate, ovarian and liver cancer.

7. Garlic

Garlic contains allyl sulfur found effective in protecting against breast, stomach and esophageal cancer.

8. Soybeans

There is controversy about whether soy products cause or prevent cancer. Studies show that processed soy products are unhealthy, but soy in its natural, unaltered form(soybeans), protect against breast and prostate cancer.

9. Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts are rich in sulforaphane, which is effective in reducing the risk of breast, stomach and skin cancer. Other good sources are cauliflower and cabbage.

10. Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants known as catechins, effective in preventing the risk of stomach, liver and skin cancer.

Although each of these foods are effective in protecting against cancer, it is best to combine them to increase their cancer fighting effects. All of the foods mentioned are plant-based foods. To obtain maximum protection against cancer and other diseases, a diet the consist of 60% plant-based foods is recommended.


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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      A very good list Steve. I also learned about sodium nitrate, its what I have to put in mind. Thank you! I'm glad everything in the list are those I enjoy eating :=) very informative hub, I'm voting up and sharing. Best regards!

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      6 years ago

      BBQ Meat of all type must be avoided. These are bad for cancer. Also excessive use of microwave oven to heat food makes the food bad for cancer.

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      7 years ago from Ulster County, New York

      Thanks, Steve, for a great hub. As for previous comments, the American Council for Science and Health has their own agenda, and if you buy into it, that's fine. However, there's nothing controversial about the fact that processed meats - like most processed foods in general - aren't good for you. As for your anti-cancer foods, I eat all the ones on your list (and I don't eat processed meat), and I've never been healthier. Thanks again.

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      7 years ago

      These information you posted is a big help for us to be aware of our health status. We all know that most of the food we eat is not safe.And because of some tips you gave to us, I am sure that from now many of us will change our bad eating habit.Live Healthy! :)

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      Madz of First Vita Plus Philippines 

      7 years ago

      Why you didn't include (Guyabano) "Annona muricata" or soursop fruit?it is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapeutic drug rigth?

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      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      You sir, are the man for posting this. Voted up and now my refrigerator and pantry will keep those items stocked up in it at all times. Merci!

    • heavenbound5511 profile image


      7 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Great page!

      Yes you can eat yourself sick and also eat yourself well. When I eat bad to much I start to get different sicknesses, including cold, flu, headaches and more.

      The cool thing is you could of been eating wrong for years and than start eating healthy and the body starts to heal quickly. It doesn't take long to reverse a lot of ills from eating wrong.

      Thanks for the good information!

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      Dennis Pace 

      8 years ago

      I agree! Cancer is preventable. A lot of the so called cancer research has a vested interest in promoting big pharma. They are into disease and ignore health and life.

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      8 years ago

      I read an article that mentions marijuana helps (it doesn't cure it but it reduces the tumors) prostate, pancreatic leukemia and breast cancer. I don't know if its true or not, but just in case.

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      Jill Kostowskie 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yikes, I eat crackers by the truck load!! About 3 boxes of saltines a week. I guess I better switch to a healthier snack!!!!!!

    • Megavitamin profile image


      8 years ago

      Good thing I like all the foods on the list! Thanks :0)

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful. Why not carrots?

    • Cedar Cove Farm profile image

      Cedar Cove Farm 

      8 years ago from Southern Missouri

      As a produce manager, I am nearly there! I get to eat much of this all the time! Great hub!

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      Susan Carter 

      8 years ago

      I like your simple list of foods that are good for you. Short statements next to each makes it easier to absorb when reading. Thanks.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      stevemark, Very informative hub. I love my own fresh grown vegies at least that way I know we are not eating any extra chemicals.

      And you cannot beat going out and picking them fresh. Thanks for a really great hub

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks nicomp!

      Here is some more reading you may find interesting from the Cancer Prevention Coalition.

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      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Well, maybe, but the Wikipedia source cites an source with no citation whatsoever. So we have a community edited site that references a Microsoft site that provides no supporting evidence. To quote the Wikipedia reference (which was lifted word-for-word from the MSN 'article'):

      "This would be at the top of my list of additives to cut from my diet," says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Under certain high-temperature cooking conditions such as grilling, it transforms into a reactive compound that has been shown to promote cancer."[11]

      What specific high-temperature cooking conditions?

      What does "shown to promote cancer" mean? In rats? In people? At what dosage? Over what time period?

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment nicomp!

      The risk factor for cancer from nitrates in food isn't without controversy, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

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      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "The worst type of processed meats are those that contain sodium nitrate."

      Probably not:

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      steve rensch 

      8 years ago



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