No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. But research shows that a diet filled with a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and other plant foods helps lower risk for many cancers.
In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection.
AICR research finds that excess body fat increases the risk of 11 cancers. Vegetables and fruits are relatively low in calories. Whole grains and beans are rich in fiber, which also can help with weight management. That is one reason AICR recommends filling at least 2/3 of your plate with plant foods.
Research on foods that fight cancer – and that may also aid cancer survival – is ongoing and active.
Here are some of the foods we at AICR get asked about most often. Click each one to learn what current science says about its potential role in cancer protection. You’ll also find links to recent AICR articles, cooking tips, recipes and more.