5 Quick Nutrition Tips to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

by Natalie on June 6, 2011

#1) Eat more colorful and leafy green vegetables.

Colorful vegetables are packed with many cancer fighting components such as antioxidants and phytochemicals. They are also high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Make your meals colorful! For more tips on incorporating vegetables in your diet, read here.

#2) Try not to consume a lot of sugary drinks and desserts.

Ok, ok every once in awhile it is acceptable to indulge in a sweet treat. Just don’t make it a daily ritual. Excess sugar puts on weight fast. Having more fat tissue will increase the amount of estrogen circulating in your body, which may increase your risk of breast cancer.

#3) Incorporate some meatless meals into your weekly rotation.

I am not suggesting that meat is a cause of breast cancer. It’s just that meat is very energy dense (meaning it has a lot of calories and fat per serving), and often takes the place of many other healthy foods. Meat-less cooking will allow you to add more plants to your diet, which is essential for cancer prevention. I have some meat-less recipes posted on this site, give them a try! For easy access to more meat-less recipes, visit The Cancer Project recipe section.

#4) Cut down on your alcohol intake.

Alcohol in all forms is a highly studied, well known risk factor for breast cancer. Reduce your intake and you will reduce your risk. Read more about it here.

#5) Eat more fiber.

Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. High fiber consumption may reduce circulating estrogen by decreasing the amount that is reabsorbed by the intestines. Look at nutrition labels on food packages to check fiber content. Women should aim for at least 25 grams of fiber per day.


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