Do you know that as many as one-third of all cancer deaths could be prevented through good nutrition, physical activity, and being at a healthy weight?
Everyone knows there are certain foods that are good for your health, and then there are the other foods – the ones we often have a hard time saying no to. If you don’t like a certain food, no matter how good it is for you, chances are you won’t eat it. Many of our favorite foods contain good-for-you ingredients along with less healthy ingredients. For example, chocolate contains healthy flavonols (though it also has plenty of fat and sugar). Pizza is a rich source of disease-fighting lycopene, but it can also be loaded with high-fat cheese and toppings. That's why it's important to exercise restraint.
For example, enjoy a piece of veggie or plain pizza but stop at one and add a side salad. Or indulge your sweet tooth and have one cookie -- along with a piece of fruit. At the end of the day, the best overall diet is one that includes plenty of whole, natural foods that are also good sources of fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. But there are certain "super" foods that are particularly rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The American Institute of Cancer Research suggests:
· Grapes and grape juice
· Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower
· Dark green, leafy vegetables
· Green tea
The beauty of it all is that many different foods work together, so the sum is greater than the individual parts at protecting health and warding off cancer. Experts agree that about two-thirds of your calories should come from these super-nutritious foods. They also agree there are some foods you should steer clear of. Avoid foods that have are high in trans and saturated fats, stay clear of foods with chemicals like preservatives and nitrates and the ones found in large fish (dioxins and PCBs) or charred meat. If you drink alcohol, it's best to limit it to one drink per day for women and two for men because at higher amounts, the risk for cancer increases.