10 Cancer-Fighting Fruits and Vegetables

We've all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Read on to learn about 10 other fruits and veggies that can help do the same!

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    1. Broccoli

    Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which may help to stop the spread of cancer throughout the body. In some laboratory tests, it has been shown to reduce the spread of tumors, and reduce the amount of carcinogens and free radicals in the body.

    Plus: Orange Broccoli Florets

    2. Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts not only are a dark, green vegetable--which means they have multiple health benefits--but they are also a member of the cruciferous vegetables, which defend against free radicals. Try Brussels sprouts grilled or stir-fried for an interesting, healthful twist.

    Plus: Black Forest Brussels Sprouts Recipe

    3. Cabbage

    Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that gives the body the fuel it needs to defend itself against certain cancers. Add cabbage to your favorite vegetable soup recipe or try a new stuffed cabbage recipe.

    4. Grapes

    Red and purple grapes contain large amounts of resveratrol, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can stop cancer-causing cells from spreading in the body. Have a glass of red wine or snack on fresh grapes for a tasty and beneficial treat.

    Plus: Chicken Tacos with Spicy Grape Salsa

    5. Grapefruits

    Filled with vitamin C and containing less sugar than other citrus fruits, grapefruits also pack vital nutrients that may help rid the body of harmful carcinogens. Sip on fresh grapefruit juice for a quick burst of energy or try it in your favorite fruit salad. Make a grapefruit vinaigrette and serve over seafood for a light meal.

    6. Jalapenos

    Jalapenos can give a punch to a variety of cuisines, but they also provide powerful nutritional benefits. They contain capsaicin, which may help to neutralize some cancer-causing chemicals. Spice up your favorite dishes by adding a few bits of fresh jalapenos.

    Plus: Hot Deviled Eggs Recipe

    7. Kale

    Filled with vitamins A and C, and calcium, kale is an excellent way to keep your body healthy and ward off free radicals in order to stop the spread of disease. Try adding kale to your favorite soups, pastas, salads, or breakfast hash.

    8. Peas

    Peas contain phytochemicals, which can help to reduce the risk of cancer. They also provide a quick, cheap way to add more vegetables to your diet. Add frozen peas to your favorite soups, pasta sauces, or your salad.

    9. Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and beta-carotene. Eating the skin of a sweet potato can add 5,000 phytochemicals to your meal. Opt for sweet potatoes over starchy white potatoes for added health benefits and flavor.

    Plus: Roast Mushrooms and Kale over Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    10. Watermelon

    A rich source of vitamins A and C, watermelon has more lycopene per serving than raw tomatoes. Along with simply slicing and eating watermelon, try making one of these savory watermelon dishes

    Plus: 31 Simple Ways to Prevent Cancer

    Sources: RD.com, The Cancer Cure Foundation, WebMD

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      Why can’t you also publish this info as a simple list, so we can just quickly scan through it instead of wading through every page of the slide shoe.