Prevent Cancer by Healthy Eating

Cancer, the dreaded disease can be prevented to a great extent by adopting a healthy food habit. A good diet can go a long way in reducing the chances of occurrence of cancer, what type of cancer it might be. And the prescribed diet for prevention is the same. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, pulses, whole grains and nuts. Maintain a healthy body weight (preferably ideal body weight). Avoid the excessive intake of dairy products, red meat and processed food. These above three rules help to reduce breast cancer, prostrate cancer, stomach cancer, and practically all forms of cancer.
Vitamin A helps to prevent lung cancer, but the best way to avoid it is not smoking and reducing air pollution. There are many myths at play. It is commonly believed that intake of Vitamin C helps prevent cancer, but no such one element can help.
Aflatoxin is a chemical that is produced by a fungus that grows on peanuts and other nuts when stored improperly, is carcinogenic but most farmers are now aware of that problem, so the risks have been reduced.
Regional food habits also go a long way in increasing or decreasing the risk of cancer. For example, in Japan, people eat a lot of pickled vegetables. We have seen that the number of people suffering from stomach cancer is very high there. Anything in moderation though, is not a problem. In India too, people have pickle with their meals. But there, it is just a condiment and not a main dish. So the effect is not so grave.
There is, however, some bad news for Indians. Frequent helpings of kebabs can effectively increase chances of cancer. The blackened meat on the surface, when meat is cooked over an open flame, is carcinogenic (causes cancer). That does not mean you have to stop eating kebabs altogether. You can have it once a week, as long as you are eating healthy the rest of the weak, and giving the DNA the opportunity to repair itself.
There is lack of awareness regarding the link between diet and diseases like cancer. Even in USA, where so much of research is taking place, the level of awareness among the common people is very low. A lot of information is available on the Internet, but it is not always reliable. International Association of Cancer Research as a possible reference point.
There is confusion regarding wine and cancer. Till now whatever evidence we have had, there is no negative effect of wine. It is good for the heart. But the problem with wine is that it has alcohol. It causes intoxication and addiction. And the good element of wine are available in grapes, cherries etc in non-alcoholic forms. For women, more than one glass of wine a day is not advisable, and for men the limit is two glasses a day. But the above prescribed limit is not easy to follow by maximum of people.
Carbonated drinks are best avoided. They are empty calories. And they decalcify the bones, causing osteoporosis. Even a diet drink, which is claimed to be low on calories, poses the same threat.
When it comes to food, too little is not too good. Surviving on a fruit or vegetable diet is not healthy, because the body is losing key body building nutrients like protein. So even if you are a model and need to be thin, have a helping of whole grains and nuts, to keep the diet balanced.

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