Some foods and parts of foods may increase cancer risk or help prevent cancer.

Researchers have studied how these types of food and parts of foods could affect cancer growth:

Plant-based foods. These include naturally-occurring chemicals called phytochemicals:

  • Carotenoids, found in red, orange, yellow, and some dark-green vegetables

  • Polyphenols, found in herbs, spices, vegetables, green tea, apples, and berries

  • Allium compounds, found in chives, garlic, leeks, and onions

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