Can avocados help prevent cancer?

The bright green avocados that make up guacamole are not only low in saturated fat and sodium, but also loaded with nutrients that may protect against breast, oral, and colorectal cancers.

A review of several studies shows that compounds in avocados may inhibit the growth of -- or even kill -- certain types of cancerous and precancerous cells. However, it should be noted that studies have been looking at cellular or molecular reactions, not measuring cancer-fighting benefits of avocados that have been consumed as food, and there are no proven cases of avocados preventing cancer.
Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Avocados may help prevent cancer as part of a healthy plant based diet. Avocados contain many nutrients and antioxidants which together with not smoking and exercising regularly can play a role in disease prevention. Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fats which are good for your heart and brain function.

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