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6 Eating Principles to Keep You Cancer-Free for Life

Inappropriate eating habits are known to be a factor in causing cancer.

Remember the following six key principles, and you may just stop cancer from entering your mouth!

1. Eating Fresh

Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables can lower the chance of getting pharyngeal cancer, esophageal cancer, and laryngeal cancer. The anti-oxidants, carotenoids, vitamin C, and flavonoids can prevent cancer.

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Eat more fruits and veges to lower the chance of getting cancer. (Image: Olearys/Flickr)

2. Minimize salt intake

A high salt diet is closely related to stomach cancer. Research shows that after eating heavily salted food, the resulting high osmotic pressure damages the stomach lining and induces pathological changes. It’s suggested that each person should not consume more than 5 grams of salt per day. Beware of the invisible salt in MSG, soy sauce, dipping sauces, and seasoning packages.

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Cut back on your salt intake. (Image: Dubravko Sorić/Flickr)

3. Natural fiber-rich food groups

The fiber in food often is lost when food is over processed. The natural fiber in food stimulates bowel movement and can prevent colorectal cancer. Fiber rich grains include black rice and cornmeal. Vegetables, such as Enoki mushroom, shiitake mushroom, broad beans, edamame soy beans, and garlic sprouts, and fruits, such as pomegranates, mulberries, pears, kiwi fruit, and fresh dates all contain a great amount of fiber. Black sesame, pine nuts, almonds, and walnuts are also good sources of fiber and nutrients.

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Include natural fiber in your diet. (Image: Migle/Flickr)

4. Bitter is good

You probably never knew that bitter tasting fruits are good for you. Lemons, tangerines, and grapefruit contain lemonin, a compound often found in ripe fruitss especially in citrus fruits. Research shows that lemonin boosts your immune system.

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Bitter foods help boost your immune system. (Image: akiko yanagawa/Flickr)

5. Sour taste

Vinegar is a very common seasoning that contains multiple amino acids and organic acids. There is an enzyme in vinegar that is bactericidal and can suppress cancer cell growth. It also counteracts the carcinogenic effect of aflatoxin. Vinegar can also prevent hypertension, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Sour cream is another sour food group that is good for you.

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Sour cream is another sour food group that is good for you. (Image: Steven Depolo/Flickr)

6. Tea

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a kind of polyphenol that tea is rich in. Through interacting with protein degradation, DNA duplication and repairing mechanisms, cell cycle and signaling pathways, EGCG can induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in abnormal white blood cells that cause leukemia. This is according to a study published by the Tea and Health Laboratory of Central South University. Tea also has many other health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and improving brain power.

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Tea provides many health benefits to your body. (Image: chinese.cn)

Translation by Hsin-Yi

Check our Easy Ways to Prevent Cancer and Get Healthy for more health tips. 

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