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Newsflash: Eating right can reduce your cancer risk

by , 07 March 2013

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's death has brought cancer back into the headlines. Chavez, who lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, is just one more public figure to join the ranks of those who've suffered and lost their cancer fights recently. Don't let this happen to you… Here's why eating right can be your best defence against cancer.

“Research has demonstrated that maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active throughout life, and consuming a healthy diet can substantially reduce a person's lifetime risk of developing cancer,” exclaims the American Cancer Society.

It’s so important, in fact, that “about one third of cancer deaths can be attributed to poor diet and physical inactivity!”

So, as you can see, eating right is about a lot more than losing weight

Here’s how to eating the right food can help reduce your cancer risk

FSP Health outlines five foods you should eat to keep cancer at bay.

#1. Eat a variety of foods.
Many foods contain protective substances-some that researchers are still discovering. And, getting nutrients from a varied, balanced diet will prevent you from getting too much of a potentially harmful substance.

#2: Eat less fat.
‘Lean’ toward low-fat meat, poultry and dairy foods, watch the high-fat snacks and desserts, salad dressings, etc., and bake, broil, stir-fry or steam-don’t fry foods or add fatty extras.

#3: Eat more fruits and vegetables
To bust cancer, make sure you eat at least three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits daily. Think colour: Deep green and yellow orange.

#4: Choose high-fibre foods.
Besides fresh fruits and vegetables, add more whole grain breads and cereals and legumes (dried peas and beans) to your diet.

#5: Limit highly salted, pickled and smoked foods, including charcoaled, grilled or broiled meats, fish and poultry.
Charred meats and salt are known to enhance your cancer risk.

So there you have it. It’s as easy as eating right to reduce your risk of cancer by up to one-third.

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