Prevent Colon Cancer With These 3 Food Choices | What Vegans Need To Know

 

The recent death of Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer has brought attention to this deadly disease that is killing more people at a younger age than ever before.

And the links between colon cancer and diet are being investigated more and more. The good new is that a recent study has now identified the top 3 things you can do to eat healthy and dramatically reduce your risk of colon cancer.

In fact, increasing your intake of 2 specific foods and avoiding 1 specific food can lower your risk of precancerous colorectal lesions by more than 30%.

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According to researchers from Tel Aviv Medical Center, when you put all 3 food choices together, you lower your odds by a total of almost 86%. The study started with exploring the benefits of a Mediterranean diet in regards to colon cancer and then narrowed down the following 3 top food choices that proved to lower the risk of colon cancer.1

Here Are The 3 Food Choices That Drastically Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

1.  Eat More Fish.

Repeated research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can supress cancer tumor growth. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish just may help reduce the risk of dying of colorectal cancer.

Common knowledge says that Chadwick Boseman was a vegan. Vegans need to work extra hard to get enough Omega-3 fatty acids. Vegans and vegetarians have on average, 60% lower levels of omega-3 in their blood than those who eat fish.2  The fact is that it is harder to convert the fats in the seeds and nuts that a vegan eats into high enough levels of Omega-3 fatty acids.

So, consider adding more fish to your diet to lower the risk of colon cancer. All you need is 6 ounces a week; so aim for at least 2 meals of 3 ounces servings of fish a week.

You can do this by grilling or baking fresh fish and/or consuming more canned light tuna. If the mercury in fish is your concern, look to eating more salmon or tilapia, or sardines, shrimp and oysters.

2. Eat More Fruit

Experts recommend at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Fruit is high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folic acid. Fiber helps move digested food through your colon faster, reducing the exposure to toxic substances in your food.

Focus on whole fruit. And one study, found that fruit fiber is one of the better choices when it comes to reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.3 For even more fiber, leave the peels on.

Replace cookies and chips with apples and oranges. Satisfy your sweet tooth with kiwis and berries.

3.  Eliminate Soft Drinks

If this sounds hard, then consider drinking flavored Seltzer water without artificial sweeteners, instead. To ween yourself off sodas, try mixing regular soda with Seltzer for a time.

You can put a Mediterranean diet to work for you, starting with these top 3 priorities to feel more confident that you are doing what you can to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

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1 https://www.esmo.org/newsroom/press-office/Zoning-in-on-Specifics-of-Mediterranean-Diet-for-Colorectal-Health

https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/are-vegan-sources-of-omega-3-really-enough

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4588743/#:~:text=Incident%20colorectal%20cancer,-In%20the%20minimally&text=When%20different%20fiber%20groups%20were,fiber%20groups%20were%20largely%20null

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