Though it is already known that vegetarian diet helps fight cancer, a new research suggests that plants may protect us from cancer in a far more novel way – they may block a cancer’s ability to grow.

Populations that consume less animal food and more plant food have a lower risk of cancer and the risk of cancer in vegetarians is about 50 per cent lower than among people who eat meat on a regular basis.

Plant foods are high in antioxidants, and antioxidants can protect DNA from damage that can lead to malignant transformation.

As per the new study, vegetarian food can block cancer’s ability to grow via a procees called angiogenesis, a tissue’s ability to grow new blood vessels, reports the Age.