Cancer and Diet

Recommended Changes in the Typical American Diet

A simple, straightforward diet, not a strange or complicated one, is recommended for reducing your own and your children's likelihood of cancer. Here are some good guidelines:

Increase consumption of:

  • Fibrous foods such as whole-grain cereals, fruits and vegetables.
  • Foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, peppers, and cantaloupe; and of foods rich in vitamin A - carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches, apricots, and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach. (Do not use a vitamin A supplement exclusively, because of possible toxicity.)
  • Cruciferous vegetables (so called because their flowers form the pattern of a cross)-broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and cauliflower.

Choose foods rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids including cold-water fish such as salmon; walnuts and walnut oils; and omega-9 fatty acids that can be found in olive oil, almonds and avocados..When using oils, choose unsaturated ones like canola, flax, walnut and olive oils.

Reduce consumption of:

  • High-fat foods, including whole-milk cheese, lard, fatty cuts of beef, eggs and deep-fried foods. (Infants under one year should be kept on a higher-fat diet to meet their calorie needs.)
  • Avoid salt-cured, salt-pickled and smoked foods. (These carry a danger that carcinogenic chemicals will form during cooking or digestion.)

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