Eat your greens!
Recent studies (1,2) suggests that eating more green vegetables can help improve chances of survival from Breast Cancer and help men reduce their risk of prostrate cancer. Women who ate the higher quantities of green vegetables had a 62% increase of survival from breast cancer and also reduce risk of the disease returning.
Dark green vegetables contain many health giving vitamins and minerals, they also contain phytochemicals called isothiocyanates and indoles which appear to be protective effect against some types of cancer.
But don’t get stuck in a food rut, all vegetables contain a host of different vitamins and minerals, everyone should try to have as much variety in their diet as possible, if you stick to one vegetable you will be missing out on many important minerals and vitamins that other varieties offer.
Get inspired with some new recipes, have you tried adding roasted vegetables to your salads or other recipes? or grating vegetables and hiding them in food such as soups, chilli, bolognaise, gravies and mash potato? For vegetable lovers and the not so keen, a great way to boost your 5 a day.
1Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “Eating cruciferous vegetables may improve breast cancer survival.” ScienceDaily, 3 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2012
2Journal of the National Cancer Institute. “Broccoli and Other Vegetables Linked with Decreased Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer.” ScienceDaily, 24 Jul. 2007. Web. 26 Apr. 2012.