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Saturday, February 4, 2012

World Cancer Day 2012 Foods That Protect and Blueberry Blackberry Smoothie

It is the occassion to unite the world in the fight against the disease through raising awareness, educating the public, and lobbying for change. My contribution today is awareness in foods.

Here are some cancer fighting foods that have demonstrated anti cancer effects. Evidence suggests in an overall diet to offer the strongest cancer protection from foods.

In many studies and updates experts have said that body fat increases the risk of seven kinds of cancers. Eating vegetables, fruits, are all low in calories which help us get to and stay a healthy weight. Whole  grains and beans are rich in fiber and moderate in calories which will also help in weight management.

Here is a list that science currently tells us plays a role in protection against cancer.

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Grapes and Grape Juice
Squash (winter)
Green Tea
Whole Grains

Avoid sugary drinks, limit consumption of energy dense foods.  Be phyically active for at least 35 minutes a day. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
Reasearcher say that carotenoids seem to prevent cancer by acting as antioxidants. Dark leafy vegetables can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells, skin cancer cells, lung cancer and stomach cancer.  Another report shows probable evidence that foods containing folate decrease risk of pancreatic cancer and food containing dietary fiber can reduce the risk of colorectal cancers.

Blueberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie

1 banana
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup ice cubes

Whip in a blender until smooth and creamy around 15 to 30 seconds serve immediately