There is a popular slogan that we eat to live and not live to eat. To a cancer patient, either of the two can be correct because the success of their health will invariably depend on a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables are highly recommended for everyone – a few of them per day will help you to maintain a healthy look and fight diseases.
Good diet can be used to fight cancer
A good diet is not the same thing as an expensive diet. What makes a good diet is the content and for cancer patients, a good diet would be one that has a high content of antioxidants. This is because antioxidants have properties that mop up free radicals from the body which are known to be predisposing factors to cancer.
A large chunk of edible food goes to waste every year
Food shortage, when used most times, tends to dwell on the inadequate production of food but the main cause of food shortage globally is wasting of food. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), approximately ninety billion pounds of edible food, each year, is not eaten. Food shortage is a source of concern particularly to cancer patients who desire healthy nutrition all year round.
Reducing food wastage saves money
When you buy an edible food and let it go bad, it can be likened to setting fire to your dollar bill. Reducing food wastage will not only save money but also ensure that the desired nutrition is available to those who need it the most – cancer patients. There are certain foods which you may have skipped which you should make part of your daily diet because they contain properties that prevent you from cancer. Some of them are written below.
1. Consider the Broccoli Stalks
Broccoli can be bought in different ways but the best way to buy it is to get it all; including the stalk. While cooking, many people will chop up the florets and toss the stalk into a waste bin without realizing that they are highly nutritive. In an analysis, the florets are just about thirty percent of the vegetable which means the remaining seventy percent has been thrown away.
Broccoli has a high content of phytochemicals and antioxidants
Like mentioned earlier, antioxidants are anti-cancer in nature. Broccoli having a high store of this makes it an anti-cancer food. Other components of the broccoli that plays a huge role in disease prevention are the polyphenols and glucosinolates. The stem can be peeled or grated to make a broccoli slaw or simply chopped up and roasted.
2. How to optimize the citrus peel
The citrus peel (citrus here includes oranges, lemon, grapefruits) contains a chemical compound known as limonene which has dual anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties but sadly, this part of the citrus goes into the waste bin after the juice has been taken. Although more research is needed to understand how it works but in the meantime, you can boil it with sugar to make candied lemon or cut it into strips infused with the olive oil of your salad.
3. Explore the hidden antioxidant content of Sprig of Parsley
Sprig of parsley mostly appear on the dish as a garnish which means not many people dare to eat it. in the real sense, it is a large store of vitamin K and C and for a while, researchers have been studying its role in cancer. What you should know currently is that sprig of parsley is high in antioxidants. It also has apigenin, a flavone, which decreases the risk of various cancers.
- Fruits and vegetables help the body to fight off infection.
- Cancer diet should contain high antioxidants.
- Antioxidants mop up free radicals in the body which are vital for the fight against cancer.
- Food shortage is as a result of food wastage.
- Certain parts of discarded fruits and vegetables have high nutritive content.
- Broccoli stalk makes up 70% of the vegetable.
- Polyphenols and glucosinolates are the other contents of Broccoli that are anti-cancer.
- Citrus peels contain limonene which has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Citrus peels can be boiled with sugar to make a candied lemon.
- Sprig of parsley has a large store of vitamin C and K.
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