Finger On The Pulse: Diet Strategies To Prevent Cancer
Increase fibre intake
Wholegrains, pulses (beans & lentils), fruit and vegetables are all high fibre options that should make up a large proportion of our diet. Just 10 grams of fibre per day can reduce our risk of bowel cancer by 10%.
Increase vegetable and fruit intake
Fruit and vegetables contain nutrients namely carotenoids, selenium, flavonoids, a variety of vitamins and phytochemicals that makes it difficult for cancer to develop. An interesting fact to note is that these nutrients do not fight cancer when taken in supplement form. Furthermore, being overweight increases the risk of 13 types of cancer; and a diet high in fruit and vegetables helps keep our weight in check.
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Reduce red and processed meat
Processed meat—ham, bacon, salami and sausages, is classified as a cause of cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer; and red meat--beef, lamb and pork, a probable cause of cancer. It is likely that chemicals found in red and processed meat are the agents causing the disease. There is no evidence that white meat like chicken or fish is linked to cancer.
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Reduce salt and salt preserved food
Research has shown a link between total salt consumption and cancer. Salt is also specifically linked to stomach cancer—possibly causing our stomach lining to be more sensitive to carcinogens such as nitrates. There has also been evidence linking salt preserved food with stomach cancer.
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