Foods to beat breast cancer

Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

We spoke to experts and listed some super foods that can help prevent breast cancer.

Eat enough vegetables: Most fresh vegetables are packed with cancer fighting abilities so the best way to go about it is to have the right mix of all. Also you must know that best absorption of their nutrients take place when they are cooked in olive oil. Spinach and kale are highly beneficial in fighting most diseases. Other veggies such as broccoli, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes and pumpkin are rich in carotenoid that is believed to have anti-cancer properties.

Choose your fruit carefully: Be cautious of high calorie fruits. Instead look for dark coloured fruits as they are better for your diet. Have more red grapes, berries, peaches, raisins over bananas or apples. Having a fruit with your daily breakfast will help you effectively absorb the rich nutrients of the fruit, instead of piling up the calories.

Get grainy: Wholegrains contain fibre that helps manage weight and lowers blood oestrogen levels, reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Limit dairy products: Milk, cheese and yoghurt should be limited because they can increase calorie intake without contributing much to cancer protection. So you could consider replacing your normal dairy milk with soya milk. Eggs could be good too for your daily intake.

Last but not the least, you should know that olive oil is a magic ingredient. Extra virgin olive oil is considered the best option for cooking. You could even consider tossing your salad in olive oil.