Ideal foods to include in your diet that may keep breast cancer at bay

By Author  |  Published: 10th Oct 2017  10:41 pm
Breast Cancer

Since we’ve been observing The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is vital to know the root causes of this disease and see what can be done to prevent it. Our diet also plays an important role, therefore maintaining a healthy diet to fight cancer is necessary.

Freelance nutritionist Mayuri Aavula, who also owns the website www.truDiet.in, says, “When you are faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, nutrition can be an important part of your journey. Eating a well-balanced diet before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better, maintain your strength, and speed up your recovery.”

Here’s a list of foods one can include in the diet chart to cut the risk.

Turmeric
The spice that gives curry its beautiful yellow colour contains a chemical called curcumin. The studies have shown that curcumin supplements could play a role in helping fight breast cancer tumours.

Walnuts
Preliminary data suggests that snacking on up to two ounces (60 g) of walnuts a day could halt the development of breast cancer tumours. Researchers surmise that walnuts contain omega-3, antioxidants and phytosterols, which help slow the growth of cancerous cells.

Garlic and onion
Allyl sulfides are found throughout the onion family, so adding garlic or onions to your recipes on a regular basis may aid in breast cancer prevention.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that not only gives tomatoes their redness but also protects against breast cancer by stopping cancer cell growth.

Say no to
* Alcohol (even moderate intake can up cancer risk).
* Refined carbohydrates (comprise flour and added sugar) low-fat and low-carb snacks (candies, cakes, chips, soda).
* Red meat (beef, pork, mutton), grilled meat creates compounds called heterocyclic amines linked to breast cancer risk.
* Avoid foods that contain saturated and trans-fats (most likely to be found in fried foods).