What to eat, what not to eat to avoid cancer

What to eat, what not to eat to avoid cancer

Combining immense amounts of data, collected from thousands of studies and millions of participants, the evidence is surprisingly straightforward. Plant foods and their protective nutrients reduce cancer risk. Alcohol and foods of animal origin (meat, dairy products, and others) increase [cancer] risk. The introduction of a wholesome diet, exercise, and other lifestyle practices any time from childhood to old age will help promote health and reduce cancer risk. The same actions will help treat and prevent recurrence of cancer and cut risk of other chronic diseases. After researchers found that most cases of lung cancer could be traced to a single factor--tobacco--they trained their sights on other forms of the disease. And what they found has been disconcerting, because it is an indictment of some of the foods many of use have used as staples.

But in the process, they have given us some vitally important lessons. In this chapter we'll explore how fatty foods, animal products, and alcohol encourage the progression of cancer. What's for breakfast? Bacon and eggs, for too many for us. What's for dinner? Fried chicken or roast beef. In many families, fresh fruit, juice, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, and other healthy plant foods are not front and center, or may not even be a part of the family meal at all.

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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