Protecting Against Cancer
Cancer of the stomach, bowel, breast, cervix, pancreass, liver, and mouth can be strongly linked to your diet. Eating a diet high in both soluble and insoluble fiber help to safeguard us against the development of colon and possibly breast cancer.
Whole grains, brown rice, dried beans and lentils, and vegetables are a good source of insoluble fiber. Fresh produce provides beneficial amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, as well as, protective antioxidants and photochemicals that fight free radicals and stimulates the body’s defenses against a range of cancers. They are also high in phytonutrients which are plant-based chemicals that have been identified as active compounds in disease prevention. These compounds help regulate bodily functions and maintain health.
- Tomatoes, Watermelon, Pink Grapefruit are high in lycopene a powerful antioxidant
- Soybeans, tofu, soy milk, and miso contain isoflavones
- Green tea (and Black tea to a lessor degree) may protect against cancers of the urinary tract, pancreas, colon, and rectum
Foods to limit or avoid
- Red meat
- Salt cured picked, smoked, charbroiled, or grilled meats (only eat occasionally)
- Cut down on saturated fats (found in animal products and fried foods)
- Avoid excessive alcohol intake
- Avoid Rancid and overheated oils and fats