Recent Chinese research has shown that, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, women are more likely to survive by eating a diet rich in green vegetables including cabbage and broccoli. This study followed nearly 5,000 women after they were diagnosed with breast cancer. It found that the more green vegetables that these women consumed, the more likely they would be to survive for three years or more and their chances of dying from this cancer decreased by 62 percent. Additionally, these women reduced their risk of a recurrence by 35 percent.
To help encourage you to eat more greens, follow these tips to make sure they are tasty when you eat them:
- Do not boil them to the point of being mushy. This makes them unappetizing. Instead, opt to microwave or steam them until they are just fork tender. By eating them while they are still slightly crisp, you are preserving the nutrients.
- Add flavor by dressing the vegetables with a light olive oil that has been infused with chili powder or garlic powder. Instead of using olive oil, try sesame or walnut oil for additional flavor.
- Combine steamed broccoli with a whole grain pasta. Then drizzle lightly with olive oil and add toasted pine nuts and crumbled feta cheese to the top.