JUST AS in football, a
good defense is essential to your health, and a new study published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum lays out just what you can do to defend yourself from cancer: Clean up your plate!
In 2015, researchers found that a poor diet was responsible in the U.S. for more than 52,000 cases of colo-rectal cancer; 14,400 cases of cancer of the mouth, pharynx and larynx; 3,165 cases of uterine cancer; 3,050 post-menopausal breast cancer cases; 2,017 of kidney cancer; 1,564 of stomach cancer; and 1,000 of liver cancer.
What blows your defenses? If you skip whole grains, fruits, veggies and (low-fat) dairy and gobble up processed and red meats, you’re losing the game. Add sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity? That’s linked to an increased risk for 13 types of cancer!
So, one more time, YOU have a lot of control over your health. Your first (but far from last) step is to avoid highly processed and sugar-added foods and beverages; skip red and processed meats; eat seven to nine servings of fruits and veggies and two servings of whole grains daily.