The risk of cancer can be reduced with a healthy diet.
March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that showcases the importance of a healthy diet. March also draws attention to colorectal and kidney cancers, as well as myeloma.
Cancer is becoming a worldwide epidemic, with more than eight million people dying from various forms of the disease each year, according to the American Cancer Society.
The Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that specializes in public health and corporate accountability, believes that diet plays a key role in the cancer battle. The EWG developed a simple eating regimen that may reduce the risk of cancer. Dubbed the Cancer Defense Diet, the plan places a strong emphasis on fruits, vegetables and unprocessed proteins like beans or low-mercury seafood.
More than half a million people in the US died from cancer in 2012, and a 2011 survey found that the disease is the leading cause of death in the western world.
“There’s a strong body of evidence that shows cancer risks are reduced among people who eat a diet focused on plant foods, keep calories under control, and minimize things like red and processed meats, added sugars and salt,” Dr. Curt Della Valle, Ph.D. told us Thursday.
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