Eating healthy and cancer prevention
Many researchers have shown that a high percentage of cancer-related deaths are directly linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet. Avoiding cigarettes, limiting alcohol, and getting regular exercise are a great start to preventing cancer. But eating healthy and reaching a healthy weight is the best support to your health. A balanced diet can help to maintain a healthy body weight which can itself reduce the risk of many cancers.
The link between diet and cancer is complex and difficult to unravel because our diet is based on many different foods and nutrients. Many of these could affect our risk of cancer.
Some foods, such as red and processed meats and salt, increase the risk of developing cancer while others, such as fruits, vegetables and high fiber foods, can help prevent the disease. Beans are
In particular, we can focus on bowel cancer. Much research has shown that bowel cancer is less common in people who eat lots of fibers. Fibers increases the size of stools, and helps people have more frequent bowel movements. This reduces the contact time between the bowel and harmful chemicals in the stools. Fibers may also help gut bacteria produce helpful chemicals that change the conditions in the bowel. All of these things help to reduce the risk of cancer.