Do you know making certain changes in your diet can help you fight breast cancer?
This article is about what is healthy for a person suffering from this problem: What’s the proper diet? What to eat to reduce its risk? What food to avoid?
Can diet reduce the risk of Breast Cancer?
Diet plays a very important role in the way our body works. This also includes the development of cancers.
There’s still debate on foods containing estrogenic compounds – soy, red meats and dairy, and whether they contribute to estrogen-positive breast cancer.
Food does not always cure problems, sometimes it even causes them. Similarly, certain food items have cancer-fighting properties as well as causing properties.
If you focus on eating healthy, nutritious foods, it may help reduce your risk of developing (or experiencing a recurrence of) estrogen-positive breast cancer.
Food to eat
No food can prevent breast cancer, but it can help reduce the risk.
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Apples, asparagus, blueberries, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, grapefruit and tomatoes, to name a few, are very high in vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting compounds.
Whole grains, such as whole wheat and oats, provide dietary fibre. Fibre can help you feel fuller after eating, preventing weight gain, which is a contributing factor to cancer growth.
Studies have proven Walnuts are very effective in blocking estrogen receptors. This would slow down the growth of breast cancer cells.
Food to avoid
Avoid eating fatty foods like fried foods and packaged snack foods. It will help manage weight and overall health — and as a result, maybe even breast cancer.
In small or moderate quantities, alcohol — namely red wine — does have some health benefits, such as lowering stress, lowering the risk of heart disease and reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
In large quantities, however, alcohol is directly linked to breast cancer (and other cancers, too).
In all meal plans, it’s recommended that you limit your intakes of red meats, like beef, lamb and pork, and processed meats, like bacon and hot dogs.
It is recommended to consume three portions of red meat per week or a total of 12 to 18 ounces or less.