How to Replace SAD with PAD for Cancer Prevention

By Hui Xie-Zukauskas

Do you know an estimated 30%-50% of colorectal cancer cases worldwide may be attributed to diet and nutrition? Do you want to learn how to make your diet more effectively fight colon cancer?

green and red healthy foodIn this post, I’m going to share with you the top ten ways for eating anti-cancer foods that ensure you’ll reduce colon cancer risk.

Today, many Americans stuff themselves with the Standard American Diet (SAD), preferring food rich in red meat, processed or refined food products, high-fat, high-calorie, high-salt, low-fiber foods, less fruits and vegetables. SAD is tightly linked to many chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and various cancers including colon cancer.

Here is a solution to this fatal problem: Replace SAD with Potentially/Promising Anti-cancer Diet (PAD). In contrast to SAD, PAD features little or limited red meat and processed or refined products, low-fat, low-calorie, low-salt, high-fiber foods, abundant fruits and vegetables.

Top 10 ways to replace SAD with PAD for preventing cancer

1. Replace red meat with white meat, fish, and beans. 
Red meat contains much more fat than poultry and fish do. Accumulating evidence indicates that a diet high in animal fat is a risk factor for colon cancer and other cancers. As an alternative to meat products, a variety of beans provide not only nutritious dietary proteins but also heart-healthy antioxidants.

Junk food_in Sq.2. Replace processed food products with fresh or frozen fruits/vegetables and plant-based foods.
Processed products are pro-cancer foods, basically packed with bad fats, carcinogenic additives or chemicals, excess salt and sugar… These hidden hazards come in fast food, or in boxed, bagged, canned, and frozen/refrigerated forms. The only merit they have is convenience. Avoid or limit processed foods.

3. Replace high-fat food with smart-fat food. 
Your body needs fat to maintain some tissue functions, provide your energy and deliver fat-soluble vitamins. However, you do need to be fat-smart. Smart fats come from sources such as olive oil, various nuts, avocado, and omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. salmon).

4. Replace high-calorie with low-calorie intake. 
Caloric excess may promote systemic inflammation, which is a risk factor for cancer. Foods with low-calories include some beans, green leafy veggies, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, tofu, whole wheat bread, pasta or spaghetti, and fat-free yogurt.

5. Replace low-fiber food with high-fiber food. 
A waste-loaded or toxic colon may overstrain your immune system. Dietary fiber is a strong helper to clean up your bowels and fight off colon cancer. So, consume various foods high in fibers, on a daily basis, including berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries), apples, pears, prunes, nuts, veggies like celery and sweet potatoes, black beans, whole wheat, whole bran, and oatmeal. A bonus benefit is that most high-fiber foods are also low-calorie and low-fat.

6. Replace salt with herbs and spices, lemon juice, or other natural ingredients. 
Balanced natural foods have their flavors. Limiting salt without sacrificing flavor is not as hard as you imagine. For example, my taste is very light, so is my loved ones’; salt is not our friend on the table. With a mix of herbs, green onions, ginger and garlic, sometimes raisins (natural sweet), our food doesn’t taste boring.

7. Replace fast food with abundant fruits and vegetables, and healthy snacks. 
Research shows that eating at fast-food restaurants is associated with higher fat and lower vegetable intakes. To ward off colon cancer, try frozen veggies, and just as fresh ones, as a perfect solution for “fast and convenient food”!

8. Replace refined flour and white rice with whole wheat food and brown rice.

9. Replace sugar-rich soda, coke and soft drinks with tea or fresh fruit/veggie juice.

10. Replace flavored juice with just water. 
Research findings revealed a possible association between sufficient water intake and reduced colon cancer risk. Sure enough, water is vital for health and life, period. Read why.

Well, I can list more, but you get the idea. Overall, practicing these simple, small steps can make a huge difference and lead to great rewards.

Take-home-message:
Colon cancer is primarily a diet-linked disease. Health-damaging food is profitable for food industry, but not productive and beneficial for your life. To prevent colon cancer, change your eating habits now; it’s in your power.

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