3 Foods a Cancer Prevention Expert Wants You to Build Your Diet Around
As far as Joel Fuhrman, MD, is concerned, preventing common diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes "is as simple as regular trips to the farmers' market," writes Well+Good. He believes that while protein, carbohydrates, and fat are all essential parts of a healthy diet, our culture tends to prioritize the latter two. Because of this, Americans are "missing out on disease-fighting micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants." This is problematic because, in his clinical opinion, "Your healthy life expectancy is proportional to the micronutrient-per-calorie density of your diet," he explains. According to Fuhrman, centering your diet around the following three nutrient-rich foods will ensure a healthy balance (and ward off diseases):
Beans: These slow-to-digest carbs are filled with fiber, and actually have a stabilizing effect on your blood sugar. What's more, multiple studies have linked beans to a decreased risk of cancer, especially colon cancer.
Onions: Believe it or not, the unassuming onion could be considered a superfood. "They have super high concentrations of superstar flavonoid antioxidants … [which are] inflammation-fighters that also lower the risk of colon and other cancers." They also battle carcinogens and suppress the grown of cancer cells.
Mushrooms: Portobello, shiitake, reishi, and more all contain inflammation-fighting nutrients that prevent DNA damage. "They also contain aromatase inhibitors, [which] block the production of estrogen in the body, leading to significant reductions in breast cancer risk."