Nutrition and Cancer, Is There A Connection? (cont.)

The American Institute for Cancer Research offers this list of tips to lower cancer risk in addition to not smoking or using tobacco in any form:

  • Choose a diet rich in a variety of plant-based foods
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
  • Select foods low in fat and salt
  • Prepare and store foods safely

Putting It All Together

Don't throw out the salad spinner. Whether you are trying to prevent cancer, lose weight, or promote heart health, the advice for a healthy diet remains the same. The best advice to lower cancer risk is to eat a plant-based diet, increase physical activity, maintain a healthy weight and don't smoke. Food is not a panacea to cure everything that ails you. A commitment to a healthy diet, weight control, and regular physical activity is the winning combination for disease protection and good health.

SOURCES: Tim Byer, MD, professor of preventive medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, nutrition and physical activity director, American Cancer Society. Wahida Karmally, PhD, RD, associate research scientist and director of nutrition, Columbia University. CDC. American Institute for Cancer Research.

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