Cancer Fighters in Your Kitchen

By Rip Esselstyn, a former firefighter from Austin, Texas, and author of the national bestseller The Engine 2 Diet. Rip is launching a line of Engine 2 "plant-strong" foods for Whole Foods Market.

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The Engine 2 Diet is a plant-based diet I designed for my fellow firefighters in Austin, Texas – their health and lifestyles were in dire need of a change. The plan helps to lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, improve physical fitness, and those who stick to it also lose the excess weight.

As firefighters, we rescue people every day, but there are plenty within our own community that needed rescuing. Their own inner fires, fueled by poor diet choices and unhealthy eating habits, were killing them. The Engine 2 Diet is working in firehouses all across the country, and the results have been incredible. Being on a plant-strong diet has not only made these men and women healthier, but it has kept them lean, strong, fit and happy. If a firehouse in Austin, Texas, can do this, any household in America can!

Here are the 5 foods everyone can keep in their kitchen to live by a plant-strong diet.

Nutritional Yeast

This is a great item to have in your kitchen and is your healthiest bet for a super cheese substitute that isn’t loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol and unhealthy animal protein. A great source of B12 with zero fat and cholesterol, nutritional yeast packs a protein punch that is 51%. An added bonus: it is loaded with dietary fiber, which may help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Because of its cheesy flavor, I use it as a pizza topping, on lasagna, salads, steamed broccoli, cauliflower and even popcorn.

Freeze-dried Strawberries

Ohio State University released a study showing that freeze-dried strawberries may actually prevent esophageal cancer. Freeze-dried are even better than regular strawberries because they pack 10-times the antioxidants. Who knew? Look for no-sugar added options at health stores.

Rip Esselstyn

Article written by Rip Esselstyn
A former firefighter from Austin, Texas, and author of the national bestseller The Engine 2 Diet. Rip is launching a line of Engine 2 "plant-strong" foods for Whole Foods Market.