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4. Lentils and Chickpeas
Lentils and chickpeas (sometimes called garbanzo beans) are nutrition packed powerhouses that provide calcium, B vitamins, and have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risk of breast cancer. These two tasty sources of protein are one of the cheapest alternatives to cancer-causing red meat. Try to find chickpeas in a glass bottle rather than a can.
Be sure that you leave room in your diet for ‘shrooms! Although it is true that some varieties of mushroom can be outrageously expensive, look for mushrooms that are in season or that are on sale. Portobello and button mushrooms are, for the most part, reasonably priced. Studies show that adding mushrooms regularly to the diets of lab animals stimulated the animals’ immune system. This can help your body to naturally fight off not only infection and viruses, but cancer and other diseases as well. Researchers believe that the beneficial nutrients and bacteria inside the cell walls of fungus can actually strengthen your own natural defenses when it comes to fighting disease.
6. Red Foods
Of course we are not talking about red meat here, but red produce right from Mother Nature. Red foods are rich in a substance called lycopene, which has been shown in numerous studies to cause the death of cancer cells. Add plenty of red foods, such as cranberries, tomatoes, cherries, strawberries, watermelon, pink grapefruit, red bell peppers, and beets, to your diet. Tomatoes, especially, have been shown in studies to have powerful anticancer compounds. One of the great things about tomatoes is that it doesn’t matter if you eat them fresh, cooked, baked, or stewed; they retain all their important vitamins and lycopene. Tomatoes are one of the most bargain-friendly foods around as well!
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