Eat Right to Reduce Risk of Cancer: Helpful Advice from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

March is National Nutrition Month. Here are some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help reduce your risk of cancer.

More than 1.5 million people in the United States get cancer each year, and research shows that many of these cases could be prevented.

The chances of developing cancer are affected by the lifestyle choices we make. New research shows as many as one-third of all cancer deaths are linked to diet and physical activity. Besides quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk are eating right, being physically active on a regular basis and maintaining a healthy weight throughout life.

General Guidelines to Help Reduce Cancer Risk

  • Eat less foods that are high in calories and fat and low in nutrients. Foods with added sugars and fats can cause weight gain and leave little room for more healthful, cancer-preventive foods.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables including beans, which are linked with a lower risk of certain cancers. Fill half your plate each meal with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit alcohol. Evidence suggests all types of alcoholic drinks may increase your risk of breast, pancreatic and other forms of cancer. Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one drink daily for women and two for men.

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