Prevent Stomach Cancer with Greek Foods

Medically reviewed in March 2021

You could cut your risk of stomach cancer by a whopping 33% if you eat like a Greek.

That means bulking up on Greek foods like fruit, vegetables, legumes, and healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fish, as well as taking it easy on red meat, dairy, and alcohol. These are all key characteristics of a Mediterranean-style diet.

Good Stuff for Your Gut
You've probably never thought twice about your risk of stomach cancer. It's not a terribly common cancer, but the prognosis is poor if it's found in the late stages. Still, like so many diseases, the ability to reduce risk is in your hands. While a 9-year study revealed the powerful stomach-cancer-thwarting potential of Mediterranean-type diets that include common Greek foods, limiting salt in your diet and not smoking are also helpful habits when it comes to stomach health.

More Greek-Foods Goodness
Many other studies have suggested a cancer-preventive benefit to a Mediterranean diet. And researchers posit that the disease defense may come from eating a greater quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables because doing so automatically ups your intake of protective antioxidants like vitamin C, flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenols. And eating less meat is a boon to disease prevention as well.

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