Healthy Eating Recipes for Cancer Prevention: All-American Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad


At a noon press conference today in Chapel Hill, N.C., John Edwards announced that his wife’s (Elizabeth Edwards) invasive ductal breast cancer has recurred and spread to her rib bone. Originally diagnosed in 2004, Mrs. Edwards’ breast cancer was believed to be in remission until a routine follow-up appointment on Monday. "Her bone cancer," stated John Edwards, "can not be cured, it can only be treated."

"Invasive ductal cancer is the most common form of the disease, accounting for 70 percent to 80 percent of cases", according to the American Cancer Society, and "almost 180,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year." Indeed, many of our lives have been personally affected by breast cancer, through either battling the disease ourselves or supporting a friend or loved one in treatment.

The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, believes healthy eating can help to reduce your risk of getting cancer.  Current research is being conducted to detemine how different foods such as black raspberries and broccoli can prevent recurrence or slow the progression of certain types of cancers.

The cancer preventing benefits of today’s recipe are supported by a February 16, 2007 study by the American Institute for Cancer Research which concludes that just two servings of broccoli provide better protection than vitamin supplements against some of the main agents of cancer: free radicals.

“Brassica vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower. These vegetables contain isothiocyanates and indoles, chemicals not found in other common foods,” says Dr. Fowke. “They stimulate enzymes in the body that help remove oxidated carcinogens before they can react with DNA or cause damage to cells.”

Our support goes out to Mrs. Edwards and the thousands of American women fighting breast cancer.  Please share this and other healthy recipes with your female friends and relatives, and remind them of the importance of self-breast exams and mammograms.

(Makes 8 servings)

1 bunch broccoli, broken into small pieces
1 cauliflower, broken into small pieces
1 small onion, chopped
3 carrots, shredded
3 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
3/4 cup raisins
sunflower seeds (optional)

3/4 cup low-fat salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar

Mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, onion, carrots, bacon and raisins. Pour dressing over the vegetables and toss top with shelled sunflowers seeds, if desired. Let sit overnight.

For more healthy recipes check out the other delicious recipes listed on this blog or visit Green Mountain Healthy Living Recipe Favorites.

One response to “Healthy Eating Recipes for Cancer Prevention: All-American Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe, and for your many links to other healthy recipes. What a wonderful site!

    We know that those who eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day have only half the risk of cancer of those that eat one or two. Thanks for doing your part to hopefully lower the risk for other women!

    Lynne Eldridge M.D.

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