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Cancer: Prevention, not Detection

Natalie Shemesh | Registered Dietitian

Vegan diets are associated with lower cancer risk

Approximately 30% of cancer-related deaths are linked to diet. Plant-based diets are associated with an overall lower cancer rate than that of the general population. The risk reduction varies for different types of cancer sites.

The cancer-protective factors in a plant-based diet include:

  • Lower rate of obesity.
  • Cancer-protective foods such as: fruits, vegetable, whole grains and legumes – packed with dietary fibers and phytochemicals (phytochemicals act as antioxidants, anti-proliferative agents and anti-carcinogenic agents that interfere with several cellular processes involved in the progression of cancer).

 

Health food and Cancer fighting foods nutrition concept with a green boxing glove emerging out of an open broccoli vegetable as a health care metaphor for a healthy lifestyle diet rich in natural fruit and vegetables to attack tumors and fight illness.