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Ideas for Anti-Breast-Cancer Desserts (Recipes)

Are you looking for ideas for anti-breast-cancer desserts? The desserts in this recipe collection feature anti-breast-cancer foods such as raspberries, buckwheat, green tea, blueberries, and more.

Green Tea Mango Blast

This recipe combines green tea and mango to create a delectable smoothie that is naturally rich in antioxidant and anti-cancer compounds.

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Raspberry Blueberry Smoothie

This smoothie pairs blueberries with raspberries, two delicious berries that are at the top of the list of anti-cancer foods.

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Antioxidant Muffins

These delicious muffins feature blueberries and pecans, two antioxidant powerhouse foods. Blueberries top the list of berries with the highest antioxidant capacity, and pecans—along with walnuts and chestnuts—have the highest concentration of antioxidants in the tree nut family.

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Carrot Muffins

You probably already know that carrots aid eyesight, but did you know that they are also an excellent anti-cancer vegetable? Carrots contain falcarinol—a compound that has been shown to inhibit the development of cancer.

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Fantastic Fiber Muffins

Looking for a high-fiber muffin recipe? These muffins combine wheat bran with whole wheat flour and apples to create a mouth-watering treat that can also help you reach your fiber quota. Research suggests that pre-menopausal women who eat a diet rich in fiber have a reduced risk of breast cancer.

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Buckwheat Crepes with Prune Compote

Buckwheat provides a generous amount of rutin, a bioflavonoid with powerful antioxidant properties. Also prunes are an excellent source of antioxidants: a study, which assessed the antioxidant capacity of a wide range of fresh and dried fruit and vegetables using the so-called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) methodology, ranked prunes, or dried plums, the #1 food in terms of antioxidant potential. Prunes had more than twice the antioxidant capacity of other high ranking foods such as blueberries and raisins.

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Quinoa Crepes with Applesauce

If your goal is to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, it is best to choose low glycemic foods, such as these quinoa crepes, over high glycemic foods. High glycemic foods break down quickly, causing rapid fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels. Foods that have a high GI rating have been linked to the development of several types of cancer, including breast cancer. This link is believed to be a related to the ability of high glycemic foods to stimulate the production of the hormones insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which can stimulate tumor proliferation, progression, and spreading within the body.

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Chocolate Cake

Research indicates that people who eat beans and other legumes frequently have a significantly lower risk of many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Guess what? Savoring a slice of this chocolate cake can help you fulfill your body's quota for beans: black beans are a key ingredient in this flourless cake! Furthermore, this recipe calls for dark, unsweetened cocoa powder—the kind of cocoa that has been found to possess powerful antioxidant properties.

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Rice Pudding with Blueberry Sauce

This rice pudding recipe calls for brown rice, which is a healthy alternative to the more common white rice. In addition, this rice pudding is dairy-free, which improves the bioavailability of the antioxidants in the accompanying blueberry sauce. Blueberries are among the best dietary sources of antioxidants, but consuming milk together with these pleasantly tart berries has been shown to decrease their antioxidant capacity.

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Scandinavian Blueberry Soup

In Scandinavia, blueberry soup is a popular treat that can be served warm as an appetizer or chilled as a dessert. But the benefits of blueberry soup extend far beyond its culinary use. In a laboratory test conducted by USDA researchers, wild blueberries were ranked number one in terms of antioxidant capacity over 40 other tested fruits, berries, and vegetables. The antioxidant activity of wild blueberries was shown to be even stronger than that of cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, or cultivated blueberries.

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Low-Fat Apple and Raspberry Crumble

Not only does this divine dessert tempt your taste buds, it also makes a healthy alternative to many other desserts. The apples and raspberries featured in this crumble are among the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has strong anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.

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Apple Slices with Cinnamon

This dessert is a cinch to make, and it contains only 95 calories! But the benefits of this dish do not end there: apples are packed with phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have associated an increased consumption of apples with a reduced risk of many cancers. Laboratory tests have found apples to exert strong antioxidant activity and inhibit cancer cell proliferation.

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Nettle Crêpes with Raspberries

Don't worry about this dish stinging your mouth; the nettle in these crepes will only do you good. Young, cooked stinging nettle shoots are perfectly edible, and they are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. To maximize the health promoting properties of these crepes, serve them with fresh raspberries; raspberries contain ellagic acid, an extraordinary compound that has been shown to act as a potent anti-carcinogen, anti-mutagen, and inhibitor of cancer.

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Want More Recipes?

For more recipes that may help lower your odds of developing breast cancer, go to the main recipe directory of HealWithFood.org's Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer.

You may also be interested in exploring our pages dedicated to providing more general diet tips on how to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Be also sure to check out the list of the best foods for preventing breast cancer.