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Eating these Foods May Help Prevent Cancer

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Updated February 17, 2014

Eating a healthy diet with the right amount of calories is good for your health and may help to lower your risk of cancer (and diabetes and heart disease). But maybe you can do more -- add these foods to your diet to help prevent cancer.

Apples

apple
Gabor Halasz
Apples come in a variety of flavors and textures, so even picky eaters can find apples to enjoy. And they're so good for you with lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like quercetin that protect from free radical damage.  

Blueberries

blueberries
Kathy Belge
Blueberries are rich in vitamins and minerals your body needs for good health. Plus, blueberries are antioxidant powerhouses with a variety of phytochemicals that may prevent cancer. Blueberries are also low in calories and naturally sweet, so they're perfect for a low-calorie dessert.

Carrots

Carrots
Pat Herman
Carrots contain large amounts of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that can be converted to vitamin A in your body and an antioxidant called falcarinol. Whether you eat them raw or cooked, carrots may help to reduce your risk of some forms of cancer. 

Green Tea

Green Tea
Meghan Anderson-Colangelo
Sipping green tea gives you lots of antioxidants called catechins that have been shown to slow down the growth of cancer cells in the laboratory. And green tea contains no calories, so it's a great beverage to enjoy when you need to watch your weight. Decaffeinated forms of green tea work too.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
Daniel Aniszewski
Red ripe tomatoes offer potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been associated with a lower risk of cancer. You can choose tiny bite-sized cherry tomatoes up to large beef-steak tomatoes -- all of them are good for you.  
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