Foods That Could Help to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

You’ll likely be unsurprised to hear this, but what you eat can have a drastic impact on many aspects of your health, including your risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

In particular, recent studies have shown that diseases like cancer can be heavily influenced by the things you are eating.  Many foods also contain ingredients that can help decrease the growth of cancer. Here, we’re delving a little deeper into some of the most talked about foods that may lower your risk of cancer.

Broccoli is your super hero food!

Broccoli is known to contain high levels of sulforaphane, which is a plant compound found in all cruciferous vegetables.  Recent studies have indicated that this particular ingredient may have highly potent anticancer properties. So, including broccoli in your meal-prep plans for the week may come with cancer-fighting benefits.

Beans, beans, good for the heart…

Beans contain high levels of fibre, which some studies have found may help protect the human body against colorectal cancer.  Eating just a couple of servings of beans each week will help to increase your overall fibre intake and can help to lower the risk of you developing cancer long term.

Can carrots really help you to see in the dark?

Several studies have found that incorporating carrots into your diet has been linked to a decreased risk of a number of different types of cancer.  An easy way to incorporate carrots into your diet is through healthy snack options or delicious side dishes. Again, eating just a few portions of carrots a week can help to potentially reduce your risk of cancer.

Olive oil is key

As one of the staples of the classic Mediterranean diet, olive oil is loaded with health benefits.  With a number of studies indicating that a higher intake of olive oil can help to protect against cancer, it may be time to swap out other oils for your new olive oil best friend.

Should I be eating more cinnamon?

Cinnamon is already well-known for its numerous health benefits, including its ability to ease signs of inflammation and reduce levels of blood sugar.  On top of these health benefits, recent studies have found that cinnamon extract may be able to decrease the spread of cancer cells. Including a teaspoon of cinnamon in your daily diet may be beneficial if you’re looking to improve the levels of cancer preventative foods in your diet.

What is Veganism?

Veganism isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Veganism is the practice of staying away from animal products. So they’ll cut out animal based foods, they’ll cut out any product that hurts animals really…

Hey, do . you know, one vegan will save more than 100 animals a year? So if you’re an animal lover and want to help, transitioning into a vegan lifestyle is a big help.

I think one big thing that turns people off from the vegan lifestyle is the transition. It can be really hard but I’ve written a couple of articles on this site regarding it so check them out.

There a LOT of benefits to this sort of lifestyle too.

 

What do vegans eat?

They eat.. well.. they don’t eat meat lol. They avoid a LOT of foods because they don’t eat anything that hurts animals in one way or another.  They will get all of their nourishment from a varied diet that consists of nuts, fruits, vegetables, pulses and healthy fats.

 

Making the vegan transition easier

So you’ve decided that you’d like to become vegan but have no idea on where you even begin? Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle isn’t easy but don’t let that scare you.

I recommend you start off with one thing at a time. There is no point making a drastic lifestyle change because that sort of thing is EXTREMELY hard to commit to. The trick is small changes here and there. Honestly, that’s it. Start off by learning as much as you can, then gradually work a vegan diet into your life.

Go at a pace that is manageable and it’ll be a much more natural process.

First Step

The first step is educating yourself. Learn and familiarise yourself with the vegan lifestyle. This will really help you if you do the bulk of your learning now. Veganism is tough to begin with but start off by learning the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.

Then move onto learning the production of animal products. Everyone has their own reason for being vegan. Some people just don’t like the texture of meat whereas others find the production of animal products disgusting.

Once you’ve got your reasoning, I would learn how you get all the nourishment you need from a plant-based diet.

Look into ingredients after this, put a bit of planning into your shopping trips.

 

Add more plant based foods to your diet

Unless meat products totally disgust you, I would start off by incorporating more whole grain items, beans, nuts, seeds and tofu into your diet as you can. You should learn how to store these foods and their benefits.

You could swap out milk for soy milk or almond milk.

 

Stay positive

Don’t dwell on the foods you’re missing out on. Think about all the new foods you get to enjoy. Think about the new dishes you wouldn’t of eaten if you hadn’t of made the transition.

I hope this helps!