The best thing I can say about many vegetables... like the twin starch bombs potatoes and corn... is that they make for excellent compost material.

But I do make exceptions -- and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower are more than just a garnish for my steak. They taste great, and they've proven time and again they can help beat cancer.

And if you're a lady listen up -- because women who eat the most of these veggies are 62 percent less likely to die of breast cancer and 35 percent less likely to have a recurrence of the disease than women who eat the least, according to a new study out of China.

Those veggies even helped slash the risk of death from "all" causes, but I'm always a little suspicious of numbers like that. I don't think there's a vegetable on the planet that can prevent deaths from car accidents, injuries, or crime.

But for my money, fighting cancer is a good enough trick on its own -- and there's a reason cruciferous vegetables have shown they can stop the disease in its tracks (and not just breast cancer).

They contain a substance called sulforaphane, which stimulates certain phase II enzymes that in turn can stop tumors from growing.

The only downside here is that many people can't stand broccoli. Years of being forced to eat it as a child will do that to you -- and if the very idea of Brussels sprouts makes you gag, feel free to dunk them in some farm-fresh butter.

Extra butter -- real, fresh butter -- makes everything taste better... and despite what you've heard it's good for you, too. In fact, the CHOLESTEROL in butter is a powerful cancer-fighter of its own.

Stay tuned later this week for more on that.