Paint Your Plate Orange? for Breast Cancer

By now, we all know that pink is the official color for breast cancer awareness. From pretty pink packaging, wearing pink on Thursdays to your local Pure Barre studio and pink ribbons decorating the entire month of October, it seems natural to eat pink too -- no pink skittles do NOT count! -- to help guard your body against the disease that affects nearly 1 in 8 women in the United States alone. While rose-hued strawberries, raspberries and grapefruit are healthy additions to any diet, evidence supports that orange is where it's at... in regards to breast cancer prevention. Time for pink-ribboned pumpkins, perhaps?

Paint your plate orange to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Paint your plate orange to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

A pooled analysis of data from more than one million women in 18 studies found that a diet high in carotenoids lowered the risk of breast cancer.

Wow. The powers of fruit and veggies, right? However, it's best to avoid carotenoid supplements and simply enjoy the vibrant orange produce straight from nature. Also, beta carotene, the powerful antioxidant that turns to vitamin A in the body is fat soluble... meaning, it is best absorbed when eaten with a fat. Think sweet potato with a {big!} spoonful of almond butter or acorn squash roasted with a smear of coconut oil. Or try this healing soup with sweet potatoes and greens or these pumpkin cookies for cancer.

Fruits & Veggies High in Carotenoids

Eat ORANGE {and green!} for breast cancer prevention. 

Eat ORANGE {and green!} for breast cancer prevention. 

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Dark Green Leafy Veggies like spinach and kale
  • Winter Squash like butternut and acorn
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Red Peppers
  • Apricots
  • Peas
  • Broccoli 

Fun Fact: If beta carotene makes things orange, why did super green spinach and broccoli make the cut? Their chlorophyll content masks their, otherwise, yellow-orange tint.

Bottomline: Eat the rainbow to protect yourself from terrible disease. Measure your diet in colors not calories. And with a big ol' scoop of nut butter. You're welcome.