For cancer the research suggests that the following foods are appropriate and perhaps helpful to eat. As always check with your doctor and have appropriate blood work done before following any of the research suggestions from this or other sources. The recipes for including these foods in your diet and the research supporting these recommendations are included in my 4 books.

Some foods to consider eating more often

Pumpkin, canned or cooked ( highest beta carotene of any food I have listed here)

Carrots, lightly cooked (better than raw because light cooking releases the caroteniods)

Sweet potatoes

Green leafy vegetables


Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower (eat with foods that have a little canola or olive oil, it helps your body absorb the caroteniods)

Broccoli sprouts (20 more times by weight of the chemical sulforaphane, which may reduce the growth of tumors.)

Mustard greens

Chick peas,Kidney beans, Lentils, Soybeans (stimulates cancer preventing enzymes, can help lower harmful estrogen levels)

Tomatoes, especially cooked

Garlic, Onions (stimulates enzymes that suppress tumor growth)

Defatted soy flour (at least 1/3 cup per day recommended)

At least 97% or greater fat-free chicken or turkey breast (I look for 99% fat free.)

97% or greater fat free lunch meats

Pasta with meat sauces using 99% fat free chicken

Homemade low fat pizza

Salmon and other fish, (mackerel, sardines, herring. )including the skin and fat (Research suggests this fat (EPA fat) has the ability to raise HDLs.  and potentially fight cancer cell development 1-5 servings per week recommended)

Olive oil or canola oil substituted for other oils

Walnuts (for the omega 3)

Brown and wild rice

Whole grain breads, ideally with defatted soy flour

Fat free milk (skim)

Oatmeal, shredded wheat, low-no sugar added cereals

Fresh fruits  especially Blueberries (40% more antioxidants than the next best, Strawberries)

Green tea

Red or black grapes

Grape juice, 1 cup per day

Grapefruit, especially pink which has 40% more beta carotene than white

Calcium fortified orange juice, 2 cups per day

Dried unsweetened fruits, especially apricots, dates, prunes

Homemade fat-free yogurt, with extra dry milk added (2 cups per day recommended)

Tupelo honey as a substitute for sugar in cakes, cookies, breads, etc.



Foods to consider avoiding

1%, 2% and whole milk

Meats with 96% fat or less

Red meats

Hydrogenated oils, such as stick margarine. Or foods that list hydrogenated oils in their ingredients

 Food with high butter fat and other animal fats such as whole milk or creams such as cheese, full fat yogurt, butter, sauces. They feed the cancers and can interfere with caroteniods absorption

Deep-fried foods

My books have over 200 recipes applying these ingredients and principles.

For more a sampling of some of those recipes see (Low fat recipes)


This index provides a list of further research summaries and recipes on some of the many ways foods can help prevent or reverse specific conditions. Just click on the ones that are of interest to you.

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