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Can your diet protect against cancer?

March 1, 2022

Yes, but it’s not clear which specific foods are most important.

illustration of broccoli with a boxing glove punching a cancer cell

Evidence has increasingly shown that following a plant-based eating pattern, such as a vegetarian, vegan, Mediterranean, or DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, helps manage cholesterol and lower the risk for heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in America. These diets emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and low-fat dairy products, with no (or minimal) red meat, processed foods, and alcohol.

But what about cancer, the No. 2 cause of death? Can this dietary approach also protect you from cancer, or even slow its progression?

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