New Cancer-Prevention Guidelines -Avoid Processed Meat, Eat a Plant-Based Diet

Doctors Say by avoiding All Meat and Dairy Products Provides Most Protection from all forms of cancers.

“But the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research’s recommendations to avoid processed meat and eat a mostly plant-based diet are a great first step toward cancer prevention.”

The new WCRF/AICR report—Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: a Global Perspective—finds that there is strong evidence that consuming both red meat and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. The report also finds that there is suggestive evidence that consumption of dairy products might increase the risk of prostate cancer.

“The evidence on processed meat and cancer is clear-cut. The data show that no level of intake can confidently be associated with a lack of risk,” says professor Martin Wiseman, World Cancer Research Fund International’s medical and scientific adviser.

Eating meat is not an essential part of a healthy diet, according to the report, which says that people who choose to eat meat-free diets can obtain adequate amounts of protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12 nutrients through careful food selection. The authors say people can obtain adequate protein from a mixture of legumes and grains.

The report also recommends making whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes such as beans and lentils a major part of your diet.

“Basing our diets around plant foods (like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans), which contain fiber and other nutrients, can reduce our risk of cancer,” according to the report.

Reference:

- Practical clinical interventions for diet, physical activity, and weight control in cancer survivors

CA Cancer J Clin. 2015 May-Jun;65(3):167-89. doi: 10.3322/caac.21265. Epub 2015 Feb 13.

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