Diet And Diseases
Sep 30, 2007 by Peter Jameson
You can reduce the risk of cancer by eating a healthy, balanced diet meaning one that is high in fiber, lots of fruit and vegetables but low in red and processed meat and saturated fat.
Eating a healthy diet will not only reduce the risk of cancer but it will also help to protect you from other ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes and it will also improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Diet In The UK
In spite of being bombarded by advice, the British diet still leaves much to be desired and less than one quarter of people aged 19-64 eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and the news is even worse with regard to children who eat even more unhealthily than adults.
Experts believe that around a quarter of all cancer deaths are caused by unhealthy diets and obesity. Diet affects our susceptibility to many different kinds of cancers, including cancers of the bowel, stomach, mouth, food-pipe and breast.
Some Healthy Eating Tips
Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day as part of a healthy diet will help to reduce your vulnerability to many cancers.
Check the fat and sugar content on food labels when shopping and preparing food.
Try to eat at roughly the same times each day regardless of whether this is two or five times a day.
Choose reduced fat versions of foods such as dairy products, spreads and salad dressings when you can and use them sparingly as some can still be high in fat.
Try to walk between 60-90 minutes every day and it doesn't have to be all at one time but can be broken up into 15-20 parts.
If you like to snack then choose a healthy option such as fresh fruit or a low calorie yogurt instead of chocolate or crisps.
Don't pile any food onto your plate except vegetables and think twice before having a second helping.
Don't sit for too long. Spend ten minutes of every hour standing up.
Think about what you drink. Choose water or sugar-free concentrated drinks. Even unsweetened fruit juice contains natural sugar so limit it to one 200ml glass per day. Alcohol is high in calories so try to limit the amount you drink.
Don't eat when you're on the go or while watching TV and try to eat at a table if possible.