When you think of ways to prevent cancer, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not smoking. But, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) says the link between body fat and cancer is something else you should consider.
It found convincing evidence of a fat link to six types of cancer, five more than in its previous report from 10 years ago.
The WCRF reviewed 7,000 studies on diet, exercise, weight and cancer. Among their finding was that processed meats (bacon, pastrami, etc.) increase the risk of colorectal cancer, and should be eaten sparingly.
They also found the link between red meat and colorectal cancer to be stronger than ever. People should not eat more than 500 grams of cooked red meat a week.
A further finding reaffirms evidence that alcohol can cause cancer. The study authors suggest limiting your intake to two units a day for men, and one for women. A unit is a half pint of beer or a small glass of wine.
These finding continue to support my philosophy of everything in moderation. If you totally deprive yourself, you’ll most likely end up miserable and resentful. Enjoying life doesn’t have to be a death sentence.
November 7th, 2007