You have been told times without number that veggies and fruits are good for your health. Yet, they are only two components of a plant-based diet, which also contains whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Research and studies have shown that plant-based diets can help cancer patients lead healthier lifestyles.
One study published by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research reviewed 99 scientific studies from around the globe constituting more than 29 million people. After reviewing diet, weight and lifestyle, and the effect it has on colorectal cancer, they found that eating whole grains and dietary fiber minimizes the danger of colorectal cancer.
On the other hand, the study indicates that consuming animal protein – red meat and processed meat – increases the risk of colorectal cancer.
It turns out that cancer is triggered by the type of foods you consume. Plant-based foods are without a doubt no cancer-causing agents and are even recommended to cancer patients for inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
- Vegetables such as a spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, artichokes, kale, cabbage, and onions, are excellent sources of antioxidants and fiber, which can inhibit the growth of various cancer cells. These vegetables should be present in your everyday meals, at least 2 cups.
- Fruits, whether raw or frozen, are naturally excellent sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and great sources of fiber. Eating at least 2 to 3 pieces of fruit daily goes a long way in supporting the immune system.
- Whole grains such as rice, organic corn, oatmeal, quinoa and millet are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Most whole grains contain omega-3 fatty acids which impedes the growth of colon cancer cells plus helps combat inflammation. Try to avoid grains with gluten, the likes of barley, wheat and rye.
- Legumes, including beans, lentils, peas, are good sources of B-Vitamins and contain an anti-cancer compound that inhibits an enzyme associated with tumor growth. These foods should be eaten twice to four times a week.
If you have any doubt whatsoever, find out how a plant-based diet saved a brain cancer patient.
Some people will argue that it’s hard to eat enough calories on a plant-based diet but don’t believe them. The truth is, plant-based foods offer just enough calories as my want. If eaten with strategy, especially for cancer patients, you can just achieve the calorie amount that your body needs every day.
It’s actually simple. If you want to keep your weight stable or you want to gain weight, then focus on high-calorie plant-based foods. On the other hand, eat low-calorie foods if you are trying to lose weight. The table below shows various foods on either side of the calorie spectrum: