Eat more antioxidant rich foods, drink more green tea, try adding cinnamon to your meals; we are frequently hearing about foods we should eat, but what about those we should be avoiding. Current research shows that when looking at the likelihood of developing breast cancer, what you do not eat may be just as important as what you do eat. For those trying to keep cancer at bay and those fighting cancer now , do you know what foods you should be avoiding?
Sugar – Is your sweet tooth putting you at risk?
Sugary, refined foods cause an increase in the insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which in turn stimulates the growth of breast cancer cells. Those with all types of cancers and undergoing cancer treatment are often advised to avoid refined sugar products. While it is good to fill your diet with nutrient rich, it is ok to eat some natural sugars, just keep your body in balance with balanced nutrition and regular exercise.
Red Meat – Are you a carnivore?
Studies suggest that women who eat higher amounts of animal fat are more likely to develop breast cancer than those who are vegetarians. Trying to reduce the amount of red meat you consume is a positive step and always trim your meat, removing all excess fat.
When you do choose meat or animal products, opt for organic products free of added hormones. Commercially raised meat such as beef has been found to contain estrogen residues, believed to increase your estrogen levels and increasing your risk for breast cancer.
Smoked, BBQ, or grilled Meats
High temperature cooking and grill of meats, poultry, and fish can create carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). The type of meat, temperature of cooking and duration of cooking all influence the formation of HCAs. A 2007 study reported that women who eat the most grilled, barbequed or smoked meats were almost 50% more at risk of developing breast cancer. It is also important to note that the National Cancer Institute points out that further research is needed to understand this association.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils
While extended shelf lives may make our lives easier at times, consuming partially hydrogenated oils may not be such a “life saver” after all. The trans fats in the partially hydrogenated oils have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
Cheers weekly not daily
Studies suggest reducing your alcohol intake from daily to weekly may reduce your risk of breast cancer. Consuming one to two drinks a day may increase the likelihood of breast cancer by one third. While current cancer prevention strategies focus on smoking, obesity, and screening, it has recently been noted by researchers that reducing alcohol consumption is an important and underemphasized cancer prevention strategy.
While no dietary plan can guarantee cancer free living, a few minor changes in your dietary habits could significantly lower your risk of breast cancer. While you may miss that glass of wine or the juicy barbequed steak, think of the quality of life you gain if you can keep cancer at bay.
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