How ‘plant-based’ diet can help Women Fight Breast Cancer
Patients told to make fruits, vegetables, whole grains focus of meals
Largest ever study into surviving illness advises eating very little meat
Women who have been affected by cancer should stay slim, active
Women should eat a plant based diet to boost their odds of beating breast cancer, experts said.
The world’s biggest study into surviving the disease has concl that patients should make fruit, vegetables and whole grains the focus of their meals.
Some meat is fine moderation, but processed products such as sausages and bacon should be ‘avoided or eaten as little as possible’
Other foods high in saturated fat, such as dairy, cakes and pastries, and are out but soy, including tofu and soya milk, is re commended. The 550,000 British women who have breast cancer or believe they have recovered from it should also try to stay slim and active, the experts said.
However, the World Cancer Research Fund stopped short of giving detailed advice. It says stopped short of giving detail advice. It says that while breast cancer prevention is well studied, die science of surviving it is much newer, and more research is ‘ urgently’ needed. Breast cancer is Britain’s most common form of the diseases, with almost 50,000 women diagnosed a year. Survival rates are improving but the diseases is still the second-biggest cancer killer among women after lung cancer, claiming almost 1,000 lives a month. Globally, it claims more than half a million lives a year. In the most in- depth review of its kind,S5 studies involving more than 165,000 women from around the world were analyzed. The focus was on lifestyle changes that boost the odds of surviving breast cancer-rather than preventing it in the first place.
Overall, women should aspire to A ‘plant-based diet’ – which is low in calories and high in fiber to lower the risk of being killed by the disease, it was found.
Eating soy-based foods after diagnosis may also be beneficial, while too much fat seems to be harmful. It is thought that high levels of fat feed cancer by disrupting the body’s delicate balance of hormones.
Dr Rachel Thompson, of WCRF, said “this doesn’t mean turning vegetarian, but ensuring fruits, vegetables and whole grains make up two thirds of any meal. Meat, fish or a vegetarian option should make up the other third.”
WCRF’s Dr Kate Alien said: “The research shows some evidence of links between cancer survival, maintaining a healthy body weight, being physically active and having a healthy diet”.
However, Emma Penney, of Breast Cancer Care, warned: ” More research is still needed, particularly as there have been numerous contradictions and inconsistencies in studies to date.”
Source: Healthy Eating Magazine.