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Eating right: Nutrition tips to prevent cancer

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Good news! There is now help for quelling the immobilizing confusion about food and diseases like cancer.

However, there is also concerning news - that when it comes to making choices that support wellness, many Americans are misinformed.

According to recent survey findings by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AIRC), nearly half of adults think that preventing cancer is “impossible” or “highly unlikely.” 

This perceived lack of control is in stark contrast to the optimistic findings detailed in a major international report on cancer risk.

In fact, it is estimated that at least twenty percent of all cancers could be prevented by gradually incorporating relatively simple eating habits.

To help simplify the process, follow these basic recommendations as your top priorities for cancer prevention:

  • Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans
  • Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats
  • If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to two for men and one for women per day
  • Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt
  • Do not use supplements to protect against cancer
  • It is best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods

Their “New American Plate” is a fresh way of looking at how to lower your risk for cancer and other chronic diseases. 

Simply aim for meals made up of two to three (or more) vegetables, fruits, whole grains or beans and one to three (or less) animal protein.

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