Diet and cancer

Fiber and cancer; Cancer and fiber; Nitrates and cancer; Cancer and nitrates

Diet can have an impact on your risk of developing many types of cancer. You can reduce your overall risk by following a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.


Plants provide many beneficial nutrients (phytochemicals) which may protect against cancer. Isothiocyanates (found in broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts) may suppress tumor growth and hormone production. Flavonoids (apples, grapefruit, red wine, etc.), soy and lycopene (found in tomatoes) also demonstrate protection against cancer.