Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eat to Battle Breast Cancer

There are so many different foods available which have beneficial properties in preventing illness and disease that it's difficult to keep track or know what you should be eating every day! Thankfully, if your concern is combating breast cancer, there is now a diet outlined including the best foods you can eat to reduce your risk of developing this disease.

Based on years of research, this diet developed by U.S. dietitian Dr. Mary Flynn has been shown to help reduce breast cancer risk and help individuals who have suffered from breast cancer to recover to good health. The idea is to keep calories controlled in order to maintain a healthy weight (which reduces one's risk of developing cancer) and load up on foods filled with cancer-fighting substances.

Not surprisingly, many of the foods in the breast cancer prevention diet are ones we are most often advised to eat - deep or brightly coloured vegetables and fruit for their antioxidants and fibre, whole grains and healthy fats such as olive oil. In addition, low fat dairy products are advised, as are some cheeses. Meat is not a major ingredient on this diet, but it's important to obtain enough protein from various sources including poultry or eggs. Plant sources of protein such as beans, tofu, peas, and legumes are some of the healthiest available. Once an individual reaches their target weight, they may choose to indulge in a few extra calories a couple of times a week, which may include the occasional dessert.

So, if you are looking to amp up the cancer protection potential of your diet, be sure to include more of the above outlined foods. And, as an added bonus, you might just lose some weight while you're at it!