In previous months, we covered how foods are branded as “superfoods” against cancer, even though they don’t cure it. While there may not be foods that cure cancer, there are certainly diet choices that can reduce your risk of developing it! When it comes to fighting cancer, taking all the steps we can to prevent it from developing in the first place is our best strategic choice.
Reduce Risky Foods
Scientists haven’t come to an agreement on exactly why cancer starts to form in cells, but their search for an answer has given us a lot of incredible information on what may trigger the events in the body that lead to cancerous growth. In addition to genetic and environmental factors, there are also certain foods that have been linked with increased risk of developing cancer. The foods are red meat, processed meat, alcoholic beverages and sugary soda. Eating these foods in moderation and reducing them in your diet can be a good start to lessening the possibility that you will develop cancer somewhere in your body.
Add more fresh vegetables, whole grains
In the years of research that have been done on the connection between diet and cancer risk, there are also foods that stand out as potentially lessening your risk when you increase their presence in your daily meals. These are fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Remember to fill your diet with these healthy ingredients to lower your overall cancer risk.
A Cancer Risk Factor Prevented by Healthy Diet
Out of all the various types of cancer that can affect us, science has found one risk factor that several types have in common. That risk factor is obesity. There are studies that show that 6 common types of cancer have definite ties to obesity as an increased risk factor, such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer, among others. Though the efforts to avoid obesity often involve more than simple diet changes, working to minimize weight gain is shown to lessen the risk of cancer, among its other health benefits.
If you are concerned about an increased risk of cancer because of your diet, make an appointment to discuss your nutrition with your doctor. They can make recommendations based on what they know of your lifestyle and family history for dietary changes that may work for you.