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Summer radishes have a more intense peppery flavor than those cultivated during spring or fall. Like other cruciferous veggies, radishes supply sulfurous compounds that may protect against cancer. One study of about 1,500 people in Poland found a particularly strong decrease in the risk of stomach cancer among those who consumed the most radishes and onions.
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We saved the best for last. If your garden gifts you with a bounty of tomatoes, pretty much your entire body will benefit. A well-known Harvard study showed that men who regularly ate tomato-based foods had lower rates of prostate cancer. Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is a natural cancer-fighting agent in tomatoes. The jellylike substance surrounding tomato seeds is high in salicylates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood. This may be responsible for tomatoes’ protection against heart disease. Don’t miss these 11 delicious summer foods that could help you slim down.
Excerpted from the book Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal.