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Researchers Recommend Avoiding Certain Foods to Stave off Cancer

A diet rich in produce and low in meat and dairy may help prevent cancer.

Diet is an important component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but now researchers are also pointing to diet as a possible way to prevent cancer. A report published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition outlined a diet devoid of certain foods and rich in others that may help reduce the risk of various types of cancers, including breast cancer. The list may seem somewhat familiar, as it reflects recommendations made by health experts, but for different reasons. 

"The overall recommendation is to favor plant-based foods," lead author Joseph Gonzales, a member of the nonprofit Physicians Committee and a registered dietitian at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said in a statement. "Plants are rich in protective compounds and help consumers avoid the cancer-causing substances found in animal products. Plant-based foods also have a slimming effect, which reduces risk for all forms of cancer in the long run."

Additionally, the report recommends avoiding dairy, alcohol, red and processed meats, grilled, fried and broiled meats, and to eat plenty of produce and soy. Grilling, frying or broiling meat can increase the content of heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, in the food, which has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and other cancers. Furthermore, researchers believe that consuming more soy can actually reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. 

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