6 Cancer-Fighting Snacks
Other than the microwaved popcorn, which may not promote cancer, but is heavily laced with nasty trans-fats, these are easy to prepare and quite healthy snacks.



October 06, 2013

6 Cancer-Fighting Snacks

Don’t smoke, wear sunscreen, exercise—you likely know these top habits for reducing your risk for breast cancer and other forms of the disease (and hopefully you’re already practicing them!). But there’s one more step you can take every day to cut your cancer odds that’s not only simple, it’s also enjoyable: Eat well! “Research suggests the phytochemicals in food can fight cancer by doing everything from preventing cellular changes to stopping the flow of blood to a cancerous tumor,” says Sally Scroggs, R.D., of the Cancer Prevention Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. As a general rule, aim to eat 2½ cups of fruit and vegetables each day—vary your choices to get a mix of antioxidants and phytochemicals in your diet. For your main protein sources, eat mostly fish, poultry and beans; studies show consuming more than 18 ounces of red meat per week may increase the risk for colon and pancreatic cancer. Keep your grains whole: Fiber helps move poten-tially carcinogenic waste through your system quickly, which may lower the risk for colorectal cancer, Scroggs says. And finally, sip tea, which contains catechins, antioxidants that may lower cancer risk. Want recipes to get you started? These tasty snacks are so delicious, you won’t even notice how good you’re being. Enjoy two every day.

Vegetables With Creamy Onion Dip
In a glass bowl, microwave 1 diced scallion in ½ tsp olive oil until fragrant, 1 minute. Whisk in 3 tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp light sour cream, 1 tsp mayonnaise, ¼ tsp each salt and onion powder and a pinch each of black pepper and gar-lic powder. Serve with 1 cup chopped broccoli and cauliflower.
How it fights cancer: Cruciferous veggies, a class that includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, appear to prevent breast, lung and colon cancer. “Different types of estrogens have been associated with both increased and decreased cancer risk. Cruciferous vegetables help your body process estrogen in a way that might lower risk,” says Gregory A. Plotnik-off, M.D., senior consultant for health care innovation at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota.

Super Savory Popcorn
Pop one 100-calorie bag microwave popcorn. Toss with ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika and a pinch of garlic powder.
How it fights cancer: Whole grains have cancer-fighting antioxidants, according to research from the University of Scran-ton in Pennsylvania. Popcorn has the most antioxidants in the snack group; pastas made with whole wheat tops the grain list.

Edamame With Iced Green Tea
Cook 2/3 cup edamame as directed on package. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve with 8 to 12 oz iced green tea mixed with ½ tsp honey.
How it fights cancer: To pump up the disease-fighting potential of green tea’s catechins, add a squeeze of citrus: Lemon juice protects the chemicals so more of them are available to your body, a study from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, reveals.

Tomato Bruschetta
Spread 1 tbsp part-skim ricotta and 2 tbsp store-bought tomato bruschetta topping on each of 3 slices melba toast or toasted whole-grain baguette.
How it fights cancer: Scientists suspect that the lycopene in tomato works as an antioxidant that protects the body’s cells against certain cancers. Bonus: It also helps reduce your risk for heart disease.

Cheese Plate
Serve 1 oz reduced-fat cheddar with 3/4 cup red grapes and 2 whole-grain crackers.
How it fights cancer: Like vino, the skin of fresh red grapes contains the protective chemical resveratrol, which may reduce your risk for both cancer and heart disease and also sharpen your brain. “And there’s no alcohol, which has been linked to certain cancers,” says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., spokeswoman in Sarasota, Florida, for the American Dietetic Association.

Honey-Ginger Blueberries With Mascarpone
In a pan, heat 1 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp honey and ¼ tsp ground ginger until berries become jammy, 5 minutes. Top berries with 1 tbsp mascarpone and ½ sheet graham cracker broken into bits.

How it fights cancer: Anthocyanins, the pigments behind blueberries’ hue, may fight cancer while also helping brain cells fire faster, so you stay sharp. And the berries’ vitamin C may block the effects of cancer-causing free radicals, help prevent cancer from spreading and enhance immunity.
I don't know about sunscreen.  Countries that don't wear it have lower skin cancer rates from what I've heard.  I believe the stuff in sunscreen is radioactive somehow, because it has to block the radiation from the sun.  I know I'm not making much sense, I just can't remember the exact details.

Flaxseed oil is supposed to be excellent for you.  Johanna Budwig had success with it.
I am with you on the sunscreen.

The key is slowly accelerating the exposure times to get tanning to progress. The Melanin in the skin is excited by the photons in the sunlight and with Vitamin D, darkens the skin to protect it.  Many epidemiological studies have shown a lower incidence for skin cancer in individuals with more concentrated melanin (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671032/).This process is effectively blocked by the chemicals in the sunblocker and can actually accelerate the cancer processes by stopping the conversion of the Melanin. Most sun-blockers do not block all UV radiation, and the sun has been glowing a bunch more in the shorter, more energetic, wavelength UV ranges, while sun-blockers block the longer wave radiations.

BTW: You don't need 'radioactive isotopes' to block radiation. The opposite is true: Lead isn't radioactive, cement isn't radioactive (usually, sometimes the gypsum is contaminated with radon gas producing isotopes) and paper isn't radioactive, and all of these are used for various types of nuclear radiation shielding. The sunblockers use chemicals whose molecular makeup disperses the photon radiation, not allowing it to cross through directly into the surface it is on. Now these chemicals could be a problems, especially when you mix them with the chemicals in ocean and pools, as well as the chemicals in various concoctions of human sweat.

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