Reduce breast cancer risk with a tomato-rich diet

ReduceBreastCancerRiskAccording to research published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &  Metabolism, a tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer. Breast cancer risk rises in postmenopausal women as their body mass index climbs.

The study found eating a diet high in tomatoes had a positive effect on the level of hormones tht play a role in regulating fat and sugar metabolism. “The advantages of eating plenty of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were clearly evident in our findings,” said the study’s first author, Adana Llanos, Ph.D., MPH. “Eating fruits and vegetables, which are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, conveys significant benefits. Based on this data, we believe regular consumption of at least the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables would promote breast cancer prevention in an at-risk population.”

However, Dr. William Li, who has spent many years educating patients about cancer-fighting foods, says that fewer than 10 percent of cancers are the result of genetic factors. 90 to 95 percent of cancers are environmentally caused, he stated in an article, 30 to 35 percent of which are the direct result of diet.

Dr. Li, whose focus is on what we SHOULD eat, rather than what we SHOULD NOT eat, states unequivocally that we CAN eat to starve cancer, pointing out that cancers begin as harmless cells that are present in virtually all of us. Since it’s almost impossible to avoid all the toxic chemicals that permeate the modern world, our best protection is to feed our bodies protective cancer-fighting foods that starve the cancer cells, rather than unnatural junk that ‘fertilize’ them and promote their growth.

In addition to tomatoes, Dr. Li’s favorite cancer-fighting foods include garlic, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, sweet and hot peppers, green beans, spinach, kale, olive oil, pumpkins, honey, walnuts, almonds, flaxseed, Shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, grapefruit, strawberries, green tea, blueberries, apples, grapes, cranberries, peaches and the herbs ginseng, ginger, basil, thyme and cilantro.

Simple rules are great rules, and that applies to our food. As Michael Pollan said in his book, Food Rules, “Don’t eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

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