Eating These 8 Foods May Prevent Breast Cancer

A healthy lifestyle has long been associated with a reduced risk for cancer, and that is especially true for breast cancer. Drinking less, not smoking and getting regular exercise all correlate with a lower breast cancer risk. Increasingly researchers are also seeing a connection between the foods you eat and your risk of breast cancer. Although no specific food offers a foolproof way to avoid breast cancer, these healthier choices are showing potential as possible tools to lower your risk. If you have specific concerns about your risk for breast cancer, discuss them with your doctor before making dietary changes.



Eating tofu and other soy products, including edamame, soy milk and tempeh, may lower the risk of breast cancer. A study by researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that Chinese women who had moderate levels of soy consumption had a decreased risk of breast cancer when compared to women with lower intakes. Higher levels of consumption did not increase the benefit.



Sauerkraut contains glucossinolates, a cancer-fighting chemical. These chemicals are particularly effective on cancers that are hormone related, such as breast cancer. Try your hand at making homemade sauerkraut to up your sauerkraut intake.

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Olive oil features prominently in the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a decreased risk of both heart disease and cancer. A 2015 study at the University of Navarra in Spain showed a 68-percent lower risk of developing breast cancer in study participants who ate a Mediterranean-style diet with 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day when compared to a standard low-fat diet. Drizzle olive oil over salads or bread, or use it as a cooking oil for flavorful veggies to up your olive oil intake and possibly lower your breast cancer risk.



Drinking 5 cups or more of coffee a day is associated with a lowered risk for some types of breast cancer. Enjoy your morning cup of java knowing you might be reducing your breast cancer risk.



Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower and kale, reduce your cancer risk with phytonutrients that stop cancer cells from forming and slow their spread. Cruciferous vegetables taste great roasted and drizzled with a little olive oil, or try this simple recipe for broccoli with lemon and parmesan.



Garlic contains multiple chemicals that have been show to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, including allyl sulfide, which seems to stop the process that changes a healthy cell into a cancerous one. Upping your garlic intake is as simple and tasty as adding more garlic to stir fries, casseroles, soups and stews. Try spreading roasted garlic on toast for an extra boost to your cancer fighting arsenal.



The phenols found in plums and blueberries may kill cancer cells without harming your body’s healthy tissues. Keep these colorful fruits on hand for regular snacking.



Colorful tomatoes are a rich source of the antioxidant lycopene, which may arrest cancer cell growth. Your body absorbs the lycopene from cooked tomatoes better than raw tomatoes. Add fresh tomatoes to stir fries, and stock up on tomato paste and tomato sauce to ensure your diet has an adequate supply of this helpful antioxidant.

Or, check out one of our favorite recipes for Roasted Tomato Soup!

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