Eating right.

What you eat can greatly affect your health and well-being. Studies show that choosing healthy foods can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and other diseases. A diet rich in plant foods, whole grains and legumes can give your body the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to stay healthy.

Plus, eating a variety of healthy foods can help prevent weight gain and decrease body fat. Research shows that excess body fat increases the risk of 11 cancers.  No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself but here are a few healthy eating tips from the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Healthy Eating Tips:

  • Fill at least 2/3 of your plate with plant foods, whole grains or beans
  • Limit red meat consumption to 18 ounces of cooked meat each week
  • Avoid processed meats like sausage, ham, bacon, hot dogs and deli meats
  • Limit your salt consumption including added salt and foods processed with sodium.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and high-calorie foods
  • Limit alcoholic drinks – 1 for women and 2 for men a day
  • Avoid supplements claiming to protect against cancer

Learn more at: American Institute on Cancer Research.

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