Weekend Wisdom: Nutrition & Breast Cancer Prevention

A writer friend of mine asked me to do some research for an article on foods that prevent breast cancer.  Check out her article, Six Surprising Foods that Prevent Breast Cancer, that was published yesterday on halogentv.com.

New foods will continue to emerge as science advances that link to breast cancer prevention.  What you can do now is eat from the groups of foods that are strongly supported by research and medical consensus.  Based on my review, the recommended ‘food group’ list for breast cancer prevention is:

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables (minimum of 5 servings daily; optimal is 10 daily servings)- Focus on including leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, collard greens) as well as yellow/orange fruits & vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin and mangos), and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage).

Eat whole grain (whole wheat, whole oats, brown rice) instead of refined grain products- this increases the fiber and vitamin E contents in our diets which may both decrease our cancer risk.

Eat less red meat, meats that have been processed, and meats that during cooking have been charred.  Choose alternative protein sources such as fish, poultry, and legumes (including soy). Choose only lean red meat and trim all visible fat.

Limit alcohol intake to one serving per day. Not much more to say about this!

Everyone can benefit from a diet that follows these guidelines.  In fact, they mimick the recommendations of USDA’s MyPlate for which this blog is named!

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