Lose Weight and Fight Cancer: Think Red & Pink

Cancer-Fighting Foods

The American Cancer Society recognizes October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With that in mind, Destinata, San Diego’s Ultimate Fitness and Weight Loss Retreat, encourages you to eat a variety of antioxidant-rich, disease-fighting foods in a rainbow of colors that not only help you lose weight, but also reduce your risk of cancer. Research shows that foods with lycopene, the carotenoid that gives foods a red or pinkish color, may help lower your risk of developing breast cancer, among other types of cancers. Other antioxidants like polyphenols, which are also responsible for giving certain foods their red or pink color, have been shown to help protect against cancer as well.


Tomatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C and red tomatoes are rich in the carotenoid lycopene. Although evidence is inconclusive and more studies are needed, it is thought that lycopene may help prevent cancer by protecting the cells of the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.


These tart and tangy fruits in the red and pink varieties are particularly rich in the powerful antioxidants beta-carotene and lycopene. Studies also show that the phytonutrients in grapefruit called limonoids may inhibit tumor formation, and the pulp in grapefruit contains compounds that may help prevent breast cancer.


These ruby-colored fruits are nutrition powerhouses, but unlike other red- and pink-hued vegetables and fruits, strawberries do not contain lycopene. However, they are rich in vitamin C and they’re high in fiber and antioxidants. Moreover, research suggests that the two phytonutrients in strawberries, ellagic acid and ellagitannins, may have anti-cancer benefits that could help lower your risk for breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer.


Radishes are root vegetables, but like their cruciferous relatives broccoli, cabbage, and kale, they have cancer-fighting properties. They also contain impressive amounts of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber.


Peaches are quickly moving up the ranks in the world of superfoods. Recent studies have shown that the antioxidants in the skin and flesh of peaches are comparable those found in another superfruit: blueberries. The chlorogenic acid found in peaches may help protect against breast cancer one study found.

For more ideas or guidance with your fitness and weight loss, please contact the staff at Destinata Retreats.

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