Autumn offers a cornucopia of cancer fighting foods and it's up to all of us to make them part of our daily eating. Stacy Kennedy, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, says many fruits and vegetables are at their peak in the fall and it’s a great time to enjoy them as part of a healthy diet.
A visit to a local market can be inspiring this time of year. Below the video, Kennedy shares her ABCs of healthy fall foods along with 5 nutritious and easy to prepare recipes.
1.“A” is for Apple
There may be something to the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Studies suggest that eating at least one apple a day can help prevent throat, mouth, colon, lung and possibly breast cancer. Besides being crisp, sweet, and juicy, apples contain quercetin a nutrient that protects the cell’s DNA from getting damaged that could lead to the development of cancer.
“The key is to eat them raw and with the skin on.” says Kennedy. “That’s where many of the nutrients are found.” She suggests skipping traditional apple pie that’s loaded with sugar and fat. For a healthy alternative, try this apple crisp recipe.