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Food and Cancer: What Superfoods Protect Your Body

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Cancer Fighting Foods

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Food and Cancer: What Superfoods Protect Your Body
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Cancer Fighting Food #4: Tomatoes

Lycopene, a strong antioxidant, is what gives tomatoes their red color. "It plays a major role in helping cells communicate, mainly by rallying healthy ones to band together and kill a "sick" cell that could become cancerous," says Steven Pratt, M.D., the author of SuperHealth. But keep in mind that your body better absorbs lycopene from foods when they're cooked and served with a little bit of fat.

Mini Recipe

Jumbo tomato-chickpea bruschetta
Sauté 4 cloves chopped garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add 3 chopped fresh tomatoes and a 15-ounce can of drained and rinsed chickpeas; simmer for 2 minutes. Place a slice of toasted whole-grain bread in each of four bowls. Top with tomato mixture, chopped arugula, and shaved Parmesan.

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