Study reveals the BEST diet that could fight disease risk

The findings of this study strongly advocated the benefits of eating healthy plant-based foods and revealed the negative effects of eating too much refined and processed foods such as juice, potato chips and French fries that are high in sodium, saturated fats and hidden sugars.

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  1. A balanced, well-planned plant-based diet can mitigate cancer risk by nourishing the body with essential nutrients, minerals, fibre, phytonutrients and antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
  2. Antioxidants prevent the healthy cells from going through mutation and forming a tumour.
  3. It is imperative to make the right choices in terms of diet as potatoes are not unhealthy – however, when they are deep-fried or loaded with salt,
New Delhi: Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in metropolitan India affecting women and diet has a crucial role to play – on the one hand, it could increase disease risk and on the other making the right food choices could mitigate the odds of suffering in the long run. But is there a particular diet plan that could fight disease risk silently? According to a new study, there is a plan that could fight cancer – it is a plant-based diet.

How does a plant-based diet affect breast cancer risk?

During the American Society for Nutrition’s recent annual meeting at NUTRITION 2022, research was presented that revolved around the implications of diet on breast cancer risk. The data showed that people who ate less meat were 14 per cent less prone to breast cancer. However, this applied to only those people who ate healthy plant-based foods as eating unhealthy foods and drinks could spike cancer risk by 20 per cent. A healthy plant-based diet includes foods like legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains.

The findings of this study strongly advocated the benefits of eating healthy plant-based foods and revealed the negative effects of eating too much refined and processed foods such as juice, potato chips and French fries that are high in sodium, saturated fats and hidden sugars.

How does a plant-based diet fight disease risk?

A balanced, well-planned plant-based diet can mitigate cancer risk by nourishing the body with essential nutrients, minerals, fibre, phytonutrients and antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Antioxidants prevent the healthy cells from going through mutation and forming a tumour.

It is imperative to make the right choices in terms of diet as potatoes are not unhealthy – however, when they are deep-fried or loaded with salt, they become unhealthy. Alternatively, one can try to bake potatoes and avoid overcrowding or loading it with unhealthy ingredients such as soy sauce or salt. Doing so can help lower the risk of weight gain, obesity and consequently cancer.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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