Did you know that about one-third of the most common cancers can be prevented by eating well and staying in shape?
According to The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), we can prevent nearly 400,000 cases of cancer each year by doing these 3 things
- Keeping your weight at a healthy level
- Eating a healthy diet
- Being physically active for 30 minutes a day
What is a healthy diet for preventing cancer?
A diet that focuses on plant foods is key. The AICR has listed 18 top beverages and foods that fight cancer, and to get you started, here are 5 foods you can add to your diet today.
5 Foods to add to your diet today that fight cancer
Bacteria in the gut can use pectin in apples to protect colon cells.
Garlic is part of the allium family of vegetables, which also includes onions, scallions, leeks and chives. Research has shown that a specific compound in garlic can kill leukemia cells in the laboratory.
Winter squash such as acorn squash provides vitamin A, C, fibre and potassium. They are also high in carotenoids and beta carotene, which may protect our mouth, pharynx, larynx, lung and esophagus.
Grapes & Grape Juice
The skin of grapes contain the antioxidant resveratrol, which has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been found in studies to slow the growth of cancer cells and inhibit tumors in lymph, liver, stomach and breast cells.
Doesn’t wine contains resveratrol? Can you drink that instead of grape juice?
Wine unfortunately is not a healthy exchange for grapes or grape juice as a way to get the cancer protective effect. Alcohol is associated with an increased risk of cancer – mouth, breast and colon and rectum.
Coffee – surprised this is on the list?
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and from a health perspective, it is a concentrated source of antioxidants, and may lower the risk of endometrial cancer.