Hundreds of studies on diet, physical activity and weight made by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research reveals benefits of healthy eating, based in particular on products of plant origin. Fruits and vegetables low in fat and calories and rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants help the body fight cancer.
The importance of antioxidants and phytochemicals
Antioxidants such as vitamin C, lycopene, beta carotene found in many fruits and vegetables,if you eat regularly, protects against cancer. “Phytochemicals in plant protects from harmful substances in the environment and prevent mutations,” said Jed W. Fahey of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
For cancer prevention requires the adoption of a balanced diet, not necessarily exclusively vegetarian. Therefore, do not have to eat only fruits and vegetables, but also foods like lean meat, fish, whole grains. You also need to pay attention to weight gained. Obesity favors the appearance of the most feared disease. “We know that overweight and obesity are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It was also agreed that is a major factor in causing breast cancer, endometrial and colon cancer,” said Arthur Schatzkin from the National Cancer Institute.