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Eat Right to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Posted Jun 04 2008 7:04pm

The American Cancer Society did an article about food choices and colon cancer. The link between diet and colorectal cancer is so strong that learning to make sound food choices can influence your risk of developing, or not developing this disease.

In the American Cancer Society's book, Colorectal Cancer, Bernard Levin, MD, writes of the importance of filling your shopping basket with foods that help prevent colorectal cancer as well as other kinds of cancers.

"The key dietary strategy for preventing cancer of the large bowel is to increase your intake of fresh vegetables and fruits (especially vegetables) while lowering the amount of fat you eat," writes Dr. Levin.

Green leafy vegetables, such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, are generally best for you. They offer large amounts of vitamins A and C and moderate amounts of B vitamins, potassium and iron.

Roots and bulbs, such as carrots, beets, onions and potatoes, are good sources of fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins and minerals such as potassium and magnesium. The stems and flowers group of veggies which includes broccoli, artichokes and celery gives you vitamins A, C and E as well as B vitamins, iron, calcium and potassium.

The legumes (beans and peas) provide a range of nutrients and contribute protein. However, they don't provide everything you need for complete protein balance; whole-grain foods can provide that balance.

If you're 50 or older, schedule a colon cancer screening.

Maintain an active lifestyle. Make healthy food choices!

Dr. Dominic Gaziano - Dr. G
The Feel Good Health Guy / Health & Wellness Expert

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