Many types of cancer are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. The American Cancer Society estimates that 33% of cancers could be prevented by changing your diet. A terrifying fact, until you consider that, unlike genetics, this is something that you can take control of, and change for the better.
As we enter a New Year, here are the top 5 cancer-fighting food swaps from Angeles health, helping you help your body to fight cancer.
Swap: Creamy Pasta Sauce for: Tomato Based Sauce
Tomatoes contain high quantities of lycopene, an antioxidant that neutralizes cancer-causing free radicals. Lycopene is stored in the body in the colon, lungs, prostate, liver and skin and as a result is especially good at protecting your body from these types of cancer.
Highest levels of lycopene are found in tomato paste, ketchup, spaghetti sauce and cooked tomatoes so by swapping creamy pasta sauces for tomato sauces you not only save calories but help your body to fight cancers including lung cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.
Swap: Fruit Tea and Soda for: Green Tea and Black Tea
Many of us drink tea, coffee and soft drinks out of habit or boredom. By simply swapping your usual drink for black tea or green tea, you could help your body to fight cancer. Both green and black teas contain catechins, antioxidants that can stop cancer cell growth in the liver, skin and stomach. Catechins are a type of flavan-3-ol that also help to inhibit free radicals, helping you to stay healthy and cancer free. Catechins are also found in smaller amounts in red wine, chocolate and berries.
Swap: Chips and Pretzels for: Nuts
Nuts such as walnuts and pistachios are great snacks packed full with health-boosting vitamins and antioxidants. Research suggests that a handful of walnuts a day can reduce the risk of developing some cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer, by half. Pistachios are high in protein, fiber, antioxidants and phytosterols, helping to fight cancer and keep levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol at a minimum whilst boosting levels of good (HDL) cholesterol. The US dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that, where possible, these nuts should be included in every American’s diet.
Swap: Potatoes for: Sweet Potatoes
Fried, roasted, mashed or baked, sweet potatoes are a great, flavorsome alternative to white potatoes. Not only are they lower in starch and carbohydrates but they have some potent cancer-fighting qualities too. High in fiber, micronutrients, Vitamins C and A and riboflavin, sweet potatoes also contain a variety of cancer fighting antioxidants. Different research studies indicate that a diet high in sweet potato can reduce the risks of breast cancer, gallbladder cancer, leukemia, lung, liver and kidney cancer.
Swap: White Grains for: Whole Grains
White grains, such as white rice and white bread, have used only one part of the grain, the endosperm. Whole wheat bread and brown rice contain the germ and bran of the kernel too, which contain vital nutrients that not only help your body to process the food more efficiently, making you feel full for longer, but that can help prevent cancer too. The outer layer of grain kernels (the husk) contains fiber, antioxidants and a range of B vitamins, whist the germ is packed full of b vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. The endosperm contains mainly starch, which is hard for the body to digest without the help of the rest of the grain.
By swapping white grains for whole grains you can help your body to fight cancer cells, through the antioxidant rich food and through the extra fiber, which ensures a healthy digestive system, reducing the risks of colon and stomach cancer.
The Functional Oncology Program at Alternative Cancer Mexico combines the cancer-fighting properties of diet and nutrition with those of both traditional and western medicine to develop a potent, unique cancer-fighting program.
If you would like to know more about how Functional Oncology can help to send your cancer into remission, and keep it there, get in touch today.