Official Newsletter of the President's Challenge


Ten Best Foods for Cancer Prevention

April is Cancer Awareness Month. Here are ten of the best nutrient-rich foods for staying cancer-free and ideas for how to get more of them in your diet.

Grapefruit -Vitamin C

The Huffington Post offers a dozen creative recipes for eating more grapefruit.

Peanuts and peanut butter/Almonds and almond butter -Vitamin E

Enjoy nuts alone or with dried berries as an afternoon snack or add to salads and stir-fries. Spread nut butters on whole-grain toast or crackers or mixed into your morning oatmeal.

Berries (Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries) -Anti-oxidants

Add to your morning cereal or smoothie, lunch's green salad, or serve as dinner's dessert.

Sweet Potatoes -Beta-carotene

Try baked, mashed, in black bean burritos, or sliced and stir-fried with cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne for a Moroccan side dish.

Wild Salmon -Vitamin D

Bake in a light marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs for an easy dinner.

Ground Flaxseed -Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Mix into smoothies.

Turmeric - Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant

Add to chicken, eggs, and vegetarian Indian dishes with cauliflower and chickpeas.

Tea (Green, black, white, oolong) -Catechus

Drink daily at breakfast or at your desk at work.

Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) -Phytonutrients

Add raw in salads, make cole slaw or broccoli slaw in a light vinaigrette a summer staple, use broccoli and cabbage in Asian stir-fries and cauliflower in Indian dishes.

Pomegranates -Ellagic Acid

Add pomegranate seeds to smoothies, yogurt and granola, or green salads.

In addition to adding these tasty and nutritious foods to your diet, it is important to reduce others in order to reduce your risk of cancer: processed and red meat, saturated and trans fats, salt, and sugar.