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18 April 2011

What a good diet should look like

Diets that help protect against cancer are those that encourage long-term changes in eating habits and also provide a variety of options from all food groups, experts advise.

Losing weight can help reduce your risk of cancer if you're overweight or obese, but not all diet plans are effective in lowering that risk, an expert says.

  • Plenty of fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods.
  • Using herbs and spices to flavour foods instead of salt.
  • Limiting consumption of red meat and alcohol.
  • Using healthy fats such as olive and canola oils instead of butter.
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week.

Another good diet is the whole-body type of diet, which involves eating six to seven small meals a day instead of the usual three large meals. It offers the following cancer prevention benefits:

  • Fruits, vegetables and whole grains in at least half your daily meals.
  • Limiting foods high in fats.
  • Eating lean protein.
  • Daily physical activity.

 
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