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Colon Cancer Combating Recipes (Main Dishes)


Are you looking for inspiring recipes for people who want to proactively reduce their risk of colorectral cancer? Look no further, we have you covered! This section provides a whole host of anti-cancer recipes that rely on foods that are among the best dietary sources of colon cancer combating nutrients. Enjoy!

But before you unleash the culinary prodigy in you and dig into the recipes below, make sure you have checked out the section Diet for Colon Cancer Prevention and the section Foods That Help Prevent Colon Cancer which provide more general information about how your eating habits affect your risk of colorectal cancer.


ACE Salad

This summery salad works like magic to soothe your soul—and to give you extra protection against colon cancer. It is loaded with the ACE vitamins (pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E) that are famous for their strong antioxidant powers.
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Beet and Carrot Salad with Ginger

This recipe pairs beets with carrots to create a potent weapon for fighting cancer. Several studies have found betacyanin, a phytochemical responsible for beets' intense purple color, to be highly effective at preventing colon cancer while carrots contain falcarinol—a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer. The anti-cancer compounds in beets and carrots are heat-sensitive and therefore it is best to eat these powerful root vegetables raw like in this salad.
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Beet and Carrot Soup

This recipe pairs beets with carrots to create a lovely crimson soup that is bursting with nutrients that help prevent colon cancer. Several studies have found betacyanin, a phytochemical responsible for the deep red color of beets, to be highly effective at preventing colon cancer while carrots contain falcarinol, a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer.
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Wholewheat Pasta with Nettle Pesto

Don't worry, this pasta dish featuring young nettle leaves won't sting your mouth! Young, blanched nettle leaves are completely edible, and they are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. The whole wheat pasta this recipe calls for is a healthy, high-fiber alternative to the traditional white pasta.
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Iced Watercress and Mint Soup

This light soup with a wonderful texture draws on the health benefits of watercress, a super food that has been used to treat a wide range of ailments for centuries. Recent research suggests that eating watercress daily can significantly reduce blood cell DNA damage and thereby reduce a person's overall cancer risk. Watercress contains a special mustard oil that is known to have significant anti-cancer properties, but some of the anti-cancer properties of these little peppery leaves may also be attributable to their high concentration of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lutein. Also the mint featured in this soup may be beneficial as it is rich in called perillyl alcohol, a phytochemical that has been shown to prevent the formation of colon cancer in animals.
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Green Pea and Fennel Risotto

This easy recipe helps you create a risotto that's chock-full of flavor and nutrients. What's more, brown rice, green peas, and fennel bulb are rich in fiber.
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Apple and Onion Soup

This recipe combines apples and onions, two of nature's best sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has strong anti-cancer properties. Studies have associated the consumption of both apples and onions with a reduced risk of many cancers.
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Shrimp and Mushroom Risotto

This easy recipe helps you create a risotto that's full of flavor and nutrients. Mushrooms are rich in ergothioneine, an antioxidant amino acid that has been shown to be highly effective at scavenging free radicals, while shrimp are loaded with the selenium. Several population studies suggest that the risk of death from colorectal cancer is lower among people with a higher intake of the selenium.
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Tangy Tomato Soup with Basil

Not only do shallots and basil lend their flavor to create this versatile soup, they also deliver a great amount of bioflavonoids which have strong anti-cancer properties.
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Curried Sweet Potato Soup

This delicious, high-fiber low-calorie soup is chock-a-block with nutrients that are thought to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6 as well as certain unique root proteins which, according to preliminary studies, may have significant antioxidant properties. Also garlic, yellow onion, curry powder, and ginger contain substances that are known to possess strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
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Barley Soup with Beans and Basil

The dietary fiber in barley increases bulk, softens stool, and shortens the transit time of fecal matter, thereby decreasing the risk of colon cancer. Also diets rich in beans have been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. The fresh basil this recipe calls for further strengthens the cancer-fighting powers of this dish as basil is rich in flavonoids known for their antioxidant powers.
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Broccoli and Barley Soup

Broccoli, one of the key ingredients in this scrumptious soup, is a great source of indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a natural compound that is thought to inhibit cell proliferation of colon cancer cells. Barley, on the other hand, is rich in fiber which increases bulk, softens stool, and shortens the transit time of fecal matter, thereby decreasing the risk of colon cancer. In addition, the fiber that is present in barley feeds the friendly bacteria in the large intestine, helping these bacteria to produce a short chain fatty acid called butyric acid, which helps maintain a healthy gut and prevent cancer.
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