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President's Prescription: Cancer Fighting Foods

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You are what you eat. We have heard it over and over.  But why are some foods bad and what is in others that can help with the fight against cancer.

With weight gain most of the fat tissue is in the abdomen. Fat tissues produce inflammatory compounds that enhance the growth of cancer cells. The key is to living a lifestyle that will prevent cancer.

Limiting consumption of processed and red meat can prevent cancer.  Red meat is not bad, but how it is cooked can produce carcinogens. When meat is browned at high temperatures for instance from grilling, these carcinogen compounds are produced.

Eat at least 2 and half cups of vegetables and fruits each day. The key is to think bright colors… such as plums, cantaloupe, broccoli and dark leafy greens. These plants have phytochemicals in them that protect your body against cancers. They contain antioxidants and others anti-inflammatory agents that keep you healthy.

Other recommendations from the American Cancer Society include:

  • Engage in regular physical activity and limit consumption of high-calorie foods and beverages as key strategies for maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week, or an equivalent combination, preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Children and adolescents should engage in at least 1 hour of moderate or vigorous intensity activity each day, with vigorous intensity activity occurring at least 3 days each week.
  • Limit sedentary behavior such as sitting, lying down, watching television, or other forms of screen-based entertainment.
  • Choose whole grains instead of refined grain products.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption. Drink no more than 1 drink per day for women or 2 per day for men.

Remember losing even a small amount of weight has health benefits and is a good place to start. For the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell, and this is the Prescription Prescription.

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