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How to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

How Food Can Help Prevent Colon Cancer

There are scientific studies that seem conflicting on what you should or should not eat for colon cancer prevention. However, there is one constant recommendation that remains across studies: eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. There is no such thing as a cancer prevention diet, but there are things you can eat to reduce your personal risk of developing colon cancer.

Get the most benefit out of your diet by incorporating a healthy variety of foods. Try to avoid eating the same fruits, vegetables, and grains repeatedly. Each type (and color) of healthy food has its own micronutrients that are specific to that food group.

  • Green leafy vegetables: kale, spinach, and broccoli, are full of natural lutein, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and calcium.
  • Orange fruits and vegetables: carrots, cantaloupes, sweet potato, and pumpkin, contain natural beta carotene.
  • Red fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit contain lycopene. 
  • Almonds, mangos, and safflower oils contain natural vitamin E.
  • Fish, oranges, cereals, poultry, and many other foods contain vitamin C.
  • Rice, wheat, and Brazil nuts are a healthy source of selenium.

It is beneficial to consume micronutrients, antioxidants, and minerals by eating them in their natural food state. To increase your intake try adding one or two fruits or vegetables to your meals at a time. Make healthy foods a permanent part of your diet.

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