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Can eating beans prevent cancer?

Several studies have found that beans and legumes may help keep GI tract cancer at bay, but one study in particular found that just two small bowls of beans a week may be enough to diminish cancer risk. The researchers suspect the soluble fiber in legumes may help produce certain short-chain fatty acids thought to halt the growth of cancer cells and help kill them off. Add to that the boatload of calcium, vitamins, isoflavones, and folate in legumes -- all of which possibly play their own cancer-fighting role -- and you've got a super-nutritious, gut-protecting protein source.
 

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