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Cancer and Your Diet: Making the Right Choices

  • Learn the Difference

    Learn the Difference

    When it comes to making
    nutritional decisions, some foods may help reduce your risk for certain cancers. Other foods may increase your cancer risk. It can
    pay to take time to learn the difference.

    Click through the slideshow to see which cancer-fighting foods to
    include in your diet, and which foods to limit or avoid.

  • Foods to Include: Broccoli

    Foods to Include: Broccoli

    Mom was right when she
    told you to finish your broccoli. It’s a “cruciferous” vegetable that has been
    linked by multiple studies to lowering the risk for colorectal, lung, and stomach cancers. Other cruciferous veggies
    thought to have cancer-fighting properties include cabbage, cauliflower, and
    kale. In fact, a study from Michigan
    State University showed that women who ate four servings of cabbage
    or sauerkraut weekly were nearly 75 percent less likely to get breast cancer
    than those who ate fewer servings.

  • Foods to Include: Tomatoes

    Foods to Include: Tomatoes

    Though research has been inconclusive, the American
    Institute for Cancer Research reports that tomatoes and tomato
    products may reduce the risk of a variety of cancers, including gastric, ovarian, pancreatic, breast, and prostate. This is because the compound lycopene,
    found in tomatoes, may help prevent the cell damage that leads to cancer.
    Lycopene is most easily absorbed from cooked tomatoes. Add chopped tomatoes to
    your salad or to your pasta with tomato sauce to reap these possible
    benefits. 

  • Foods to Include: Berries

    Foods to Include: Berries

    Blueberries, strawberries,
    raspberries, and blackberries are chock-full of antioxidants, with blueberries
    being the richest in cancer-fighting compounds. According to the National
    Cancer Institute, research is still underway to determine if the
    presence of antioxidants in berries and other fruits translates to a clear
    reduction in cancer risk. In the meantime, you should make berries part of your
    nine daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Add them to your morning cereal, a
    salad, or a smoothie.

  • Foods to Avoid: Red Meat

    Foods to Avoid: Red Meat

    Unfortunately for fans of hot dogs and cold cuts, studies have
    convincingly shown a connection between cancer and consumption of processed
    meat, as well as beef, pork, and lamb. Harvard
    Medical School reports that a study of nearly 150,000 people between
    ages 50 and 74 revealed that high consumption of processed and red meats was linked
    with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancers.

  • Foods to Avoid: Alcohol

    Foods to Avoid: Alcohol

    Drinking more than one alcoholic
    beverage per day substantially increases your risk for developing a number of
    cancers. Alcoholic beverages are one of the few dietary factors that show a
    clear link to breast cancer, according to the American
    Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS reports that women who drink two to
    five drinks per day increase their risk of developing breast cancer by about 1.5
    times. If you have a family history of breast cancer, aim to limit yourself to
    one drink or less.

  • Foods to Avoid: Saturated Fats

    Foods to Avoid: Saturated Fats

    Although the research is still
    being debated, evidence is mounting to suggest that high-fat diets may increase
    a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. Findings from a study published
    in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found
    that breast cancer patients who eat at least one daily serving of high-fat
    dairy—such as full-fat cheese, milk, or ice cream—have a nearly 50 percent
    increased risk of dying from breast cancer. Try to limit or avoid these
    high-fat foods and substitute healthier sources of fat instead, such as those
    found in nuts, avocadoes, and fish.

  • Smart Choices

    Smart Choices

    Each year, more than 500,000
    people in the United States die from cancer, according to the ACS. So take
    the time to learn which foods may help reduce your risk for certain cancers,
    and which may increase your risk. With a little extra effort in choosing your
    foods wisely, you can decrease your cancer risk and improve your long-term
    health.

    What could be more important than that?

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