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Nutritional Tips to Reduce the Risk of Cancer

By on August 22, 2013

Reducing salt intake, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking less alcohol could reduce the risk of cancer.

Nutritional tips to reduce the risk of cancer

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Cancer it is not only  related to genetic or environmental factors. Many times, it is also linked to the way in which we live, and what we eat, according to experts. The website of the British newspaper Express gives us some nutritional tips that could help you reduce the risk of this dreaded disease.

Nutritional Tips to Reduce the Risk of Cancer

1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR WEIGHT
According to the World Health Organization, being overweight is, after smoking, is the leading cause of cancer. According to a recent report from the World Cancer Research Foundation, overweight increases the risk of breast cancer after menopause, colon cancer and pancreas.

2. REDUCE ALCOHOL INTAKE
Alcohol has been linked to a number of cancers such as mouth, throat, liver, breast, bowel and esophagus. In addition, its negative side effect is also negative.

According to experts ingesting 1.5 units of alcohol (about a small glass, depending on the type of liquor) a day, increases 5% the chance of developing breast cancer. However, each additional unit increases the chances between 7% and 10% more.

3. LESS SALT
According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the evidence suggests that eating salty foods may cause stomach cancer. It is worth mentioning that adults should not ingest more than 6 grams of salt a day. Remember that this figure not only refers to the amount that we put to the meals. Processed food comes with tons of salt, so it is also recommended to reduce the intake of such foods.

4. CHECK THE CONSUMPTION OF RED MEAT
There’s also evidence linked to the consumption of red meat and processed food (such as ham, bacon or hot dog) with stomach and colon cancer. According to experts, those who consume 160 grams or more of this type of food a day are one third more likely to suffer from these diseases.

The World Cancer Research Fund suggests limiting intake of red meat and don’t eat more than 500 grams a week, as well as to eradicate from our diet processed meat.

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