Post on: October 20, 2017.

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You’re unique. And, so are your breasts. 

Individuality can be great, but it also means that you have a unique body. Your unique body may react differently to food than others. You may be fine as a vegetarian, or need animal protein sprinkled into your diet. You may eat beans, nuts and gluten without problem or, find they cause your tummy to punch back in protest. Only you know your body best. Holistically, it’s clear there is no one breast-cancer diet that is best for everyone. But, you can seek out helpful foods (see list below and choose what’s ideal for your body), eat organic and enjoy foods in their whole form as much as possible.


Where Should You Stick Your Fork?

Foods like soybeans, tofu, miso, lentils, beans, split peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), mung bean sprouts, green beans and peas contain isoflavones. These nutrients love to give estrogen receptors on your cells a big, long bear hug. With their arms full, these receptors can’t interact with harmful estrogens. Fill your fork with some isoflavone-rich foods so those troublesome estrogens won’t be getting any lovin’ from your cells.


Spice it Up!

Capsaicin, found in chilli peppers, helps stop carcinogens from binding to your cell’s DNA. Phew! Cause cancer can more likely develop when your DNA gets damaged. If peppers are too hot, try some yellow curry. It contains curcumin. Curcumin, the active nutrient in turmeric that’s all the rage right now, helps the liver detoxify carcinogens. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory powers! Take that one-two punch cancer.


Mustard & Bok Choy

Ever dipped your broccoli in mustard, or spread horseradish on your bok choy? Not culinary combinations your palate may crave, but for your breasts do! These foods contain isothiocyanates – nutrients known to help your liver breakdown and destroy environmental chemicals that may trigger cancerous tumors. Radishes, turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and watercress also contain this delectable cancer-fighting nutrient.



Girls night is going to be amazing! Not only is kohlrabi fun to grow in your family garden (the kids love its weird shape), this root vegetable is delicious when lightly crisped into chips and served with bean dip with your besties. Your gal-pals will appreciate that kohlrabi contains indoles. Indoles reduce how much bad estrogen is in your body – that bad estrogen is the kind that initiates breast cancer. Want more? You can serve up Brussel sprouts and cauliflower too. Recipe for that delish bean dip is available in Allison’s latest book, Aging Bites: How the Foods You’re Eating Maybe Making You Age Faster.


Snack Time

Pile nuts in your palm, or nibble on some fruit. These perfect, snack-ready foods are secretly sources of cancer-fighting polyphenols and ellagic acid. Ready to wash it down? Gulp down some refreshing water that’s been flavoured by fresh mint leaves – a source of awesome polyphenols.


To Eat Meat or Plants?

Research shows that a vegetarian diet is linked to fewer rates of cancer. As with all research though, please take statements like that with a grain of salt. It’s important to consider that most people who are vegetarians are also very conscious of how their diet and lifestyle can affect their health. In addition, many of the planet’s healthiest populations do consume some animal meats and products – but, not excessive amounts. What does the science say? Ultimately, the healthiest diets are ones that focus on eating a lot of raw vegetables. Besides vegetables, look for protein sources from plants (nuts, nut butters, seeds, peas, beans, tofu).


Get Fat

This may sound strange, but eating the right kind of fat (and, a lot of it) can be a big factor in how well your cells battle against factors involved in breast cancer. The best kind of fat to have on your spoon are omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3s weaken the ability of estrogen to stimulate breast cancer cells. Plus, omega-3s can help re-balance those omega-6s that promote tumor growth. Didn’t know your body was packed full of omega-6s? Vegetable oil, found in foods like salad dressing to processed foods, contains omega-6s. As for those saturated fats, studies show that women with breast cancer in Tokyo, where they consume less animal meats, have a five-year survival rate than in Western countries.


Hang Out with Fun Guys

Yes, sister! Hanging out more often with fungi is an awesome idea. Particularly, shitake and maitake mushrooms. Research studies are piling up on my desk showing how these mushrooms triggers beneficial changes in how the body’s immune system behaves, and shuts down inflammation and may put a damper in cancer’s ability to form and progress.


Best Foods to Fight Breast Cancer

Here’s some foods worth sticking your fork into…

The best way to beat breast cancer is with a holistic approach. Here’s what world experts were saying about treating breast cancer patients not just with medicines, but with love, food and more in a clinical journal, June 2017.



Allison Tannis MSc RHN is a graduate of the University of Guelph Human Nutrition and Biology program, as well as a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.