Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer through Diet Paperback – May 23 2006
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About the Author
Richard Béliveau is a leading authority in the field of cancer research. He holds the Chair in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he is a professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Dr. Béliveau is the director of the Molecular Medicine Laboratory of UQAMHôpital Sainte-Justine (Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau).
Frequently called on to talk about his research, he is a regular commentator on local and national radio and television programs.
Denis Gingras is a researcher in the Molecular Medicine Laboratory of UQAM-Hôpital Sainte-Justine (Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau) and the Université du Québec à Montréal.
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Cancer prevention facts to add to your diet
-Approximately one third of all cancers are directly related to diet.
-A diet containing three or four weekly servings of broccoli, nothing too excessive, was shown to be sufficient to protect individuals from colon polyps.
-Cruciferous vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale) should be lightly cooked and thoroughly chewed when eaten in order to fully benefit from their anti-cancer potential. Chewing releases the active molecules.
-Freshly crushed garlic is by far the best source of anti-cancer compounds and should be preferred over supplements.
-The key to benefiting from the anti-cancer effects of soy lies in consuming about 50 grams per day of the whole food, such as raw (edamame) or dry roasted soybeans. Supplements containing isoflavones are not an acceptable alternative to the whole food and should be avoided.
-Colon cancer appears to be one of the cancers on which curcumin may have the greatest positive impact. The daily addition of a teaspoon of turmeric to soups, salad dressings, or pasta dishes is a simple way of providing curcumin intake sufficient to prevent the development if cancer.
-Green Tea contains large amounts of catechins, compounds that boast many anti-cancer properties. To maximize the preventative effects afforded by tea, select Japanese green teas, allow for an eight-to-ten minute brewing period and always drink freshly brewed tea, and avoiding Thermoses.
-Eating cranberries should be preferred over drinking cranberry juice.
-The best way to increase omega-3 levels in diet is to eat fatty fish (wild salmon, sardines, and mackerel) once or twice a week or add one tablespoon of freshly-milled flax seeds to your breakfast cereal.
-Eating two tomato sauce-based meals per week may lower your risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 25%.
-Citrus fruits are essential foods in cancer prevention: for their capacity to act directly on cancerous cells as well as their potential for enhancing the anti-cancer effects of other phytochemical compounds present in diet.
-The resveratrol present in red wine possesses powerful anti-cancer activity which may be responsible for the beneficial effects of wine on the prevention of certain cancers. Grape juice and cranberry juice contains resveratrol but at levels ten times less than red wine.
-The daily consumption of 40 grams of dark chocolate (chocolate containing 70% cocoa mass) may have definite health benefits and should replace or reduce that of sugar- and fat-filled candies with no phytochemical content.
-Many herbs and spices used as seasonings, in particular ginger contain large quantities of molecules that act as anti-inflammatory compounds, which also reduce the risks of developing certain chronic diseases.
-Instead of replacing butter with margarine, use olive oil as much as possible as a source of dietary fat; you will benefit from its healthful lipids knowing that it also possesses anti-cancer properties of its own.
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I will say, however, that I purchased the companion Cooking book, and was very disappointed with it. Sugar is included in many recipes, and sugar was clearly indicated in Foods That Fight Cancer as being lethal. So while I'd highly recommend Foods That Fight Cancer, I'd like to dissuade anyone from purchasing the companion cook book.
70% percent of cancers are potentially preventable. If all Canadians applied the information in this book to their own lives, imagine how many deaths would be prevented and how much money we would save our health care system.
The same authors have also written a recipe book, based on their findings, "Cuisiner avec les aliments contre le cancer". The recipes in this second book, prepared by the best Chefs of the Province of Quebec, are fantastic and easy to prepare. If you want healthy "Haute Cuisine" made simple, you won't find a better book. This book now only available in french, should be available in english very soon.
Both books would be a valuable addition to your library.
In Foods That Fight Cancer; the authors tell us, the how and why of good eating habits. Presented in clear concise words, photos, and illustrations.
A meaningful work of science; that people can easily understand.
In time I would hope that this message will be spread far and wide.
Almost a third of all cancers are diet-induced.
Dr Béliveau explains in clear and simple terms how our food and certain molecules work to clean, protect and enhance our body. He sheds light on the complex chain of chemical processes that take place after our intake of food. The more you read, the more you feel in control and ultimately, everything makes perfect sense: after all, weren't we always told "what you eat is what you are"? Yes, the food we eat is transformed into flesh, blood and... life. We should take our responsibility towards our body more seriously.
And everybody rejoice: the food that helps us is also beautiful and delicious! To sum it up: eat tons of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. But there is much, much more to be discovered in this essential book.
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This is not a big book, but it has some very good illustrations to explain how cancer progresses. The foods are well described, but there are no recipes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Schoch
It’s Informative and clear, I really do Appreciate it The Righter didn’t bad pout amount of research into it!
I give it ****
This book is full of nutrition information (and food chemistry) so it's an important read. Recommended. Read morePublished 20 months ago by gramma
Seriously every one should have this book as everyone knows someone dying from cancer. People just eat for flavor instead of looking for foods that the body needs to function well... Read morePublished 23 months ago by trustinginHim
This is the Very Best book on the market.It is filled with All the Important Foods to eat and explains in Well Written and Descriptive Detail the Beneficial Effects that all the... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2013 by Ben Nevis
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