Are there foods that reduce the risk of cancer?

Chad Kramer
Chad Kramer on behalf of dotFIT
A healthy diet is important to everyone, but we are learning more and more about how avoiding being overweight can be especially beneficial in terms of its impact on cancer. The winning formula today is to exercise and control how much you eat while choosing the right foods. Consume more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and substitute lean meats or fish for fatty red meats. Reduce as much as possible high fat and sugary foods/drinks and refined grains.  Using the Sharecare Fitness application, you can set up your program and it will automatically create ideal menus for you to follow to not only lose weight but eat the right foods.
Although research is not clear at this time, early evidence suggest that some components of foods that may play a role in reducing the risk of cancer, including phytochemicals, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Phytochemicals, found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as carrots and beets, may act as antioxidants to prevent cancer causing agents from forming. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E and beta carotene, may protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals that can lead to cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oils and flaxseed oil, may delay or reduce the tumor development in breast and prostate cancer. Fiber, found in fruits, vegetables and wholegrain products, have been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.

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