The Cancer Smart Templates are for people who are serious about taking preventative steps in the area of nutrition to help lower their risk for cancer. These menus contain loads of plant-based foods; are low in saturated fats yet moderate in unsaturated fats (the healthy fats); rich in calcium and moderate in sugar and sodium. These templates are full of fruit and vegetables, which according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) are rich in substances that help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases like diabetes. Phytochemicals are “plant-chemicals” that have disease-fighting properties and may help rid the body of carcinogens. For example, carotenoids, a group of antioxidants found in tomatoes, watermelon and sweet potatoes are believed to enhance immunity and heart health as well as play an anticancer role. Another type, lycopene, is linked to reduced risk of prostate and breast cancer. These templates are also high in fiber and whole-grains and contain soyfoods, which may help to fight some forms of cancer. They also include good sources of unsaturated fats, specifically monounsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish, flaxseed, and nuts, which also may help fight certain types of cancer. Consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables ensures a diet that is full of important antioxidants such as vitamin C, E and A (in the form of beta-carotene). Antioxidants are also important in helping your body to prevent the DNA damage that can cause cancer.
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