Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Eating Well to Prevent Cancer

The risk of cancer can be decreased by a healthy diet. Keeping a healthy weight can greatly decrease your risk of cancer.  Being overweight or obese is directly related to 1 in 5 cancer-related deaths. Cancers associated with obesity include cancer of the breast, esophagus, pancreas, colon, thyroid, and kidney.

Here are some healthful nutrition-related ways in helping prevent cancer:

·         Limit your calorie-dense and nutrient deficient foods. By reducing your intake of foods with added sugars and fats, containing very little nutrients, you are decreasing your chances of weight gain.

·         Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, including beans, is linked with lowering risk of lung, oral, esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer.

·         Limit your alcohol consumption. Evidence suggests all types of alcoholic drinks may increase your risk of cancers, including cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, breast and colon.

·         Consume less salt in your diet. The risk for stomach, nasopharyngeal and throat cancers may be higher for those consuming large amounts of sodium in their diet. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Substitute salt for your favorite spices and herbs and always try food first before you salt it.

Research has shown that the best type of food to eat to prevent cancer risk is nutrient-rich whole foods.

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