Anti-Cancer Onions: Plantastic Kitchen®’s Peeling Tips

IMG_1255“Again with the onions,”  you’re probably screaming.    Continue reading

Your Anti-Cancer Mother’s Day Gift: Myricetin

walnuts public domainMyricetin may not yet grace your doctor’s anti-cancer tool kit, but put it on your prescription pad. Among all the phytonutrients, it’s what I call “plantastic”– blessed with a chemical structure that works some anti-cancer wonder.  

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Anti-Cancer Strategies: How to Stock Your Plantastic Kitchen

anti-cancer dillToday, on World Cancer Day, go out and buy some cancer-fighting plants. Here are some musts for your anti-cancer kitchen: Continue reading

Part 3: What’s On and Off Your Anti-Cancer Platter? Flavonoids & The Mighty Italian Triumverate

colorful plants for an anti-cancer dietNow that you’re no longer a “Proteinaholic,” how do you go about selecting the most nutritious plants among all those shades of red, purple and green? 

My first vote goes to “The Mighty Italian Triumvirate,” a combo of   Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Foods: Watercress, Indoles and Why You AhR What You Eat

anti-cancer recipe for watercress saladNote:  Like radishes, watercress is one of the few crucifers that should be eaten raw. 

In this complex world of anti-cancer diets, some cruciferous vegetables may actually be more powerful than other fellow crucifers.

It all comes down to two words that begin with “I.”   Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Awards: This Year’s Top Blog Post Stinks

Let’s jump straight to the top. The #1 most read post this year is–Anti-Cancer Recipes: Should you Cook Onions? So what’s the short answer? Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Foods: Fennel Leaves

anti-cancer fennel leavesWhat anti-cancer benefits do fennel leaves and walnuts have in common?

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Anti-Cancer Recipes: Jittery Cook’s Jicama Sticks

jicamaStill struggling to find a simple jicama recipe for your anti-cancer diet? f you read the post on fermentable fiber, you know that Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Foods: Which Crucifers are Best Raw?

Radishes by Peggy Ann Turner editedIf you’ve been following this anti-cancer food blog, you know all about the crucifer dilemma and the recent research solving it:  Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Indalian Onions

anti-cancer Indalian onionsThis anti-cancer recipe is like one of those research trials they stop early because the results are just so fantastic.  Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Bombshells about Crucifers and Why Red Radishes Rule

anti-cancer recipe: broccoli dip with raw radishAt the American Institute of Cancer Research’s 23d annual conference of scientists throughout the world who study the anti-cancer effects of foods, a few plants took top honors: Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Groundbreaking News about Crucifers

Cauliflower Chickpea Tomato CurryRemember all those cautions to eat crucifers raw in order to maximize their anti-cancer properties?  Detest raw cauliflower and broccoli? Then this new research will change your life:   Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Foods: Radishes are more than they’re cracked up to be

What’s so great about this week’s anti-cancer food–plain, pungent radishes?  Let’s talk methylation, for starters.

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Anti-Cancer Foods: Microgreens, Baby Green Warriors

anti-cancer microgreensHave you added microgreens to your anti-cancer foods list?

They’re not cheap, but ounce for ounce, these tiny first leaves of edible seedlings boast lots more nutrients than their mature counterparts.  And the best part :

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Anti-Cancer Recipes: Nancy’s Triple-Star Tabbouleh

Nancy's winning tabboulehBefore you head out to the market today, take a peek at this sample anti-cancer recipe from my upcoming book, “How to Create Your Plantastic Kitchen.” Try this simple, tasty, refreshing salad– all ingredients in perfect proportions (just like the recipe’s creator).

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Anti-Cancer Foods: An “Unusual Vegetable”

Kohlrabi and daikon slicesThis week’s New York Times Diner’s Journal called it an “unusual vegetable,” but they didn’t tell you about the anti-cancer value of this stranger. Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: What’s Wrong with Dr. Oz’s Beet Juice?

Dr. Oz’s raw beet juice may lower your blood pressure, but the recipes he’s flagging have no place in your anti-cancer kitchen.

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Anti-Cancer News: Did you see the New York Times?

Green Beans with Brazil Nut- Garlic PasteDear followers,

Had to share this news with you: My latest anti-cancer article for Zester Daily made the New York Times! Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Should you Cook Onions?

anti-cancer onions

Now that your anti-cancer kitchen is brimming with small red and yellow onions, the obvious question is: Should you cook them or eat them raw?

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Anti-Cancer Recipes: Which Onions are Winning their Civil War?

onions and anti-cancerPity the poor Vidalia. She’s southern and mellow, which you might find charming in a mate, but when it comes to onions and their anti-cancer and other health benefits, the harsh northern types are far superior. Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: How to Handle Garlic, Part 1

anti cancer properties of garlicYearning to know the best ways of preserving garlic’s anti-cancer properties? Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Should you Cook Cabbage?

anti cancer cabbage tipsNovember 2013 update: Please read the groundbreaking news about crucifers! Scientists have recently discovered that lightly steamed cabbage has more anti-cancer compounds than raw cabbage (with one exception:  qing gin cai is best raw)–and that you can cook any cabbage any way you want as long as you eat a little raw crucifer in the same meal. Radish, mustard, watercress, wasabi–any raw crucifer will do.     

Most people will tell you to eat cabbage for its anti-cancer compounds, but they don’t explain that how you prepare it is key. If you want to get the anti-cancer benefits from cabbage, then heed this advice: Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Pick Leeks

anti cancer leeks in groundWhen it comes to anti-cancer properties, some vegies tower above the others. Put leeks on top of that list. Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipe/Contest: Watercress

Anti-cancer Watercress Salad

What’s a good way to store watercress? Read on…

Today, we’re adding a new feature to the site:  We give you the anti-cancer ingredient; you give us your best recipe. This week, the star is watercress, a crucifer with a strong bite, both nutritionally and in its peppery taste.  

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Anti-Cancer Foods: Crucifer Cooking Tips, Take Two

kale to fight cancer

What to do–and NOT to do– with this bounty of kale?

November 2013 update: Please read the groundbreaking news about crucifers!

Cruciferous veggies may seem tough on the outside, but as we talked about in the first post on these anti-cancer wonders, they’re highly sensitive to boot. If you don’t handle them properly, their magic powers could literally evaporate.   

University of Warwick scientist Dr. Paul Thornalley explains: Crucifers contain compounds called glucosinolates that, when mixed with an enzyme (myrosinase), get converted to another compound (isothiocyanates )with high cancer prevention activity. Talk about a mouthful…   Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Broccoli Puttanesca

anti cancer recipes broccoli puttanescaA tasty dinner, in 20 minutes …

Forget the pasta. It’s loaded with carbs, which wreak havoc with your blood sugar–and you probably know by now that sugar metabolism has been linked to cancer growth.  Here, broccoli flowers stand in for pasta and give you cancer-fighting nutrients to boot.     Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Foods: Holy Crucifers The Key is How you Cook them

Broccoli and particularly its powerful baby sprouts are among the reigning monarchs in the crucifer family

November 2013 update: Please read the groundbreaking news about crucifers!

Along with vegetables from the Allium family, cruciferous ones TOP the list of foods that fight cancer:  Broccoli sprouts and broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, mustard greens, arugula, watercress, rutabaga and radishes.

The reason:

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Anti-Cancer Foods: Garlic Breath and Onion Sense

Meet the Allium family:  garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, shallots and chives.

When it comes to cancer, they’re incendiary–packed with sulphur containing molecules that ward off disease. And no wonder they’re so powerful. They originated in central Asia north of Afghanistan—as pests go, a tough neck of the woods.

The ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Greeks all cherished Alliums for their medicinal value, and in the mid 1800s Louis Pasteur proved them right. He showed that garlic fights bacteria. Continue reading