4 foods that may help--and 4 that may hinder
You should enjoy:
- Cruciferous vegetables. Cabbage family members, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and kale, may lower the risk of colorectal and prostate cancer.
- Lycopene-bearing fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes and fruits with this antioxidant, including apricots, pink grapefruit, and watermelon, may cut the risk of cancer, especially of the lung, stomach, and prostate. Some new research, though, questions the prostate health link.
- Whole grains. Choose whole-grain rice, bread, pasta, and cereals. A diet high in whole grains and other plant foods may help prevent colon and other cancers.
- Water. Drink at least eight cups of water and other liquids a day to reduce your bladder cancer risk.
Limit your intake of:
- Alcohol. It causes cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, and breast. The risk rises sharply for women who exceed one drink a day and men who drink more than two.
- Red and processed meats. They're linked with higher risk of colon, stomach, and advanced-stage prostate cancers.
- Processed meats. They, too, are tied to higher risk of colon, stomach, and advanced-stage prostate cancers. Nitrate and nitrite preservatives may play a role.
- Fried foods. They provide extra calories that can lead to obesity.