To quote Angela Duckworth from her novel Grit ,“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.” As per a WHO report, Cancer is the second biggest cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. It is an eerie statement to present but it is vital to remember that the fight can be won with an unceasing effort and smart dietary planning. Giving yourselves a renewed hope each day should be the minimum requirement besides switching to positivity and endless optimism. We hereby seek to discuss the important components of the food related to warding off and treating cancer.

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What are ‘Cancer-fighting foods’ ?

Typically , all those foods that have the ability to reduce and eliminate the risk of cancerous growth in one’s body are termed as Cancer-fighting food. Ideally , Cancer-fighting foods comprise of Phytochemical’s ,also known as Phytonutrients. They are found as compounds in plants that play a major role in preventing chronic diseases like cancer. α-Carotene ,β-Carotene,γ-Carotene, Phytofluene etc. are examples of such phytochemicals found in plants.

Which foods can increase the risk of cancer?

Consider eliminating the following foods from your lives,

*Processed Meat

With the popular delicacies like hot dogs, bacon , beef and every other meat that you can get your hands upon at a butcher’s shop , have compounds that can increase the risk of cancer. In 2019 , a study was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, which established a direct correlation between having processed and red meat and developing a bowel cancer. In 2015 , the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared processed meat as the definite cause of cancer. With many such damning reports piling up , it is becoming harder to ignore that processed meat is a killer.

*Cut down on Red Meat

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) of the UK had suggested in 2011 a massive cut-down in the red meat consumption as it has been found to be the major reason for digestive cancers. So , take this advice , reduce and gradually eliminate this unwanted risk from your platter and instead use lean chicken , fish and plant-based proteins.

*Say no to Alcohol

It not only makes you tipsy , it has the potential of causing some of the worst cancers to humans. According to a 1992 research published in AACR journal , ethanol has been found to increase the risks of several cancers in humans including oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal, and liver cancer. It is never a bad idea to go sober after you’ve read this. Switch to a Matcha Tea or other safer alternatives rather than having alcohol and your health has just thanked you.

What is the relation between Diet and Cancer ?

This is a million dollar question that merits a serious rumination. According to a 2016 analysis published in the Harvard health magazine , there are important evidences that suggest the relation between foods that can prevent cancers and conversely some of which can cause it. While some factors like age, genetics and environment are beyond your control , there are other factors which are well within your controls. Research has it that less than 30% of a person’s lifetime risk of developing a cancer results from uncontrollable factors. The other is your hands to mitigate by controlling your diet. A diet which is high in processed meat , red meat , undercooked meat , usage of unsafe oils like hydrogenated oil and risk prone meals besides casual indulgences in smoking and liquor addiction , play a major role in causing cancers. Switch to a healthier diet plan , cut down on the prohibited stuff and get in touch with your fitness consultants to lead a better and healthier life.

What foods should be eaten to lower the risk of Cancer ?

There are no silver bullets here. It is a combination of various advised foods and healthy lifestyle that can lower your risk of developing one. To suggest the most popular foods that can be of benefit to everyone in reducing their chances of getting this disease are discussed as follows,

*Berries

All berries from the family of Ericaceae , Rubiaceae , Grossulariaceae and many more are considered beneficial as they are a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, an enemy of cancerous cells. Have them regularly , raw or as smoothies.

*Grapes

They have fascinated a millennia and Aesop wasn’t spared of it as well. Grapes are a powerhouse of antioxidants resveratrol that can prevent the cancers of breast ,liver, stomach and the Lymphatic system. Have it regularly as no-sugar juices, green salads or simply with a fork.

*Broccoli

It helps in treatment and mitigation of cancers, flushes out toxins from the body besides strengthening the immune system. Have it raw, steamed , roasted or with whatever combination that pleases your whims , but have it for sure.

*Tomatoes

 A veggie that everyone is aware of in their kitchens. It contains a compound known as Lycopene , which has the ability to ward off Prostate cancer. It also helps in balancing the sugar levels in an individuals. Have it the way you like and it will make your health stay in pink.

To sum it up , Cancer is preventable if you take up the logical cudgel to stay on guard and embrace a healthy lifestyle , that begins with your food. Doing away with meats might seem odd and contempt worthy but can do wonders for your health. Years of research and countless studies have backed this claim and you should definitely pay heed to it , if you wish to remain healthy and in the highest of spirits. Vagbhata , the ancient Indian Ayurveda author and physician , had said that your kitchen is the finest pharmacy you could ever have. That says it all.

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