Cancer causing foods seem to be everywhere in modern society but what if there were a diet that could prevent it.
Veganism has been known to reverse horrendous cancers and it’s well known a vegan, plant based diet significantly reduces your chances of developing the disease altogether.
Cancer is highly linked with the amount of fat in your diet. Essentially, the higher the amount of fat you consume, the higher your chance of developing cancer over your lifetime, is. However, it becomes more interesting when you look at the source of this fat.
“Although the total amount of fat one eats is of concern, there is evidence that animal fat is much more harmful than vegetable fat. One study noted a 200 percent increase in breast cancer among those who consume beef or pork five to six times per week.
Dr. Sheila Bingham, a prominent cancer researcher form the University of Cambridge, notes that meat is more closely associated with colon cancer than any other factor. Meat and milk are also linked to both prostate and ovarian cancers.” – Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine
Fat has many uses in the body but one is the release of hormones, which is heavily linked with breast cancer. Another use is that it’s known to stimulate the production of bile. Bile is strongly linked with colon cancer.
Typically, unless you’re smashing in avocado and olive oil all day, everyday, it’s pretty hard to have a vegan diet high in fat. As long as you’re eating a diet focusing on vegetables and carbohydrates, fat will be of little concern.
In fact, they go on to list a whole host of reason why you need to focus on getting plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Not only are vegetables low in fat and high in fibre, they also contain many cancer-fighting substances. Carotenoids, the pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their dark colours, have been shown to help prevent cancer. Beta-carotene, present in dark green and yellow vegetables, helps protect against lung cancer and may help prevent cancers of the bladder, mouth, larynx, esophagus, breast, and other sites.
Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, turnips, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts contain flavones and indoles which are thought to have anti-cancer activities.
Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and many vegetables, may lower risks for cancers of the esophagus and stomach. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing cancer-causing chemicals that form in the body. It also blocks the conversion of nitrates to cancer-causing nitrosamines in the stomach.
Selenium is found in whole grains and has the same antioxidant effects as vitamin C and beta-carotene. Vitamin E also has this effect. Caution is advised in supplementing selenium, which is toxic in large doses.
If you would like to read more on how veganism prevents cancer, head over here and explore the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.
- Bingham SA. Meat, starch, and non-starch polysaccharides and bowel cancer. Am J Clin Nutr. 1988;48:762-767.
- Rose DP, Boyar AP, Wynder EL. International comparisons of mortality rates for cancer of the breast, ovary, prostate, and colon, and per capita food consumption. Cancer. 1986;58:2363-2371.