The anti-cancer diet

The relationship between cancer and food is well known.

Excessively eating certain foods can contribute to the development of certain cancers, such as the oesophagus, mouth, larynx and colon.

According to WHO, a third of these cancers are caused by a poor unbalanced diet.

Over the years as our lifestyles and eating habits have changed with an increase of meat, sugar, fat and processed foods, all which have contributed to unhealthy eating and changes in our bodies.

A study by Suvimax carried out over 8 years on 13,000 people showed that eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day decreased the cancer risks by a third.
  • People who do not consume enough fruit and vegetables have a risk of 1.5 to 2 times higher than those who do consume regularly.
  • 20% of cancers could be avoided by eating more fruit and vegetables.
  • Cured, processed and red meats can increase the risks of colon cancer.
  • Alcohol is well known as a cause of cancer, increasing the risk of mouth, oesophagus and larynx.
  • Salt if eaten in excess can contribute to stomach cancer
  • Food supplements have not shown their effectiveness in cancer prevention

10 cancer recommendations suggested by the WCRF

The latest report of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) against cancer published in November 2007 specifies the links between eating, physical-activity and cancer.
  • Take 30 minutes of exercise daily as physical activity remains the second most important aspect to helping the body prevent cancer.
  • Avoid ecessive weight gain and aim to have a BMI, body mass index, between 21 and 23.
  • Avoid sugary drinks, limit the intake of high calorie foods, in particular products with a high percentage of added sugar, that are low in fibre and foods high in fat.
  • It is important to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and cereals.
  • Limit the consumption of red and fatty meats (beef, pork, lamb) to 500 grams per week and avoid cured, processed, smoked and salted meats.
  • Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink per day for women and to two for men.
  • Limit your intake of salted foods and of products containing added salt, like crisps, chips and peanuts.
  • Do not take food supplements
  • Studies have found that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer. The longer you breastfeed for, the greater the reduction of risk

For further information :

The excellent book by Dr David Servan Schreiber "Anticancer" which focuses on the relationships between the cancer and food. Included inside the book is a pull out booklet that outlines the content of the book, recommended foods, and lifestyle changes, which may help prevent the onset of cancer.
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