With so many pink products out there to support and publicize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s interesting how actual products that may help prevent breast cancer aren’t marketed in the same way. I’m talking about nutritious foods, of course. Why don’t vegetables bear the pink ribbon?
Some studies show that there is no correlation with healthy eating and breast cancer prevention, while others conclude that obesity is a risk for breast cancer. But just because some study canceled out a nutritious diet from the prevention equation, it doesn’t mean you should forgo the healthy foods. The foods will help your boobs, and so much more…
In general, treat your body right and it will do the same for you. Your taste buds may be tantalized by sweets, salty snacks, or processed foods, but those eats have no benefit to your body. Instead, crave the fresh and healthy foods like whole grains and colorful fruits and vegetables because those foods can do your body good- and taste even better! Natural foods contain natural antioxidants to prevent damaged cells from turning cancerous. Think of it like eating ammunition to fight the cancer war. If your body is stocked up with antioxidants, then your body will have a better chance at winning the battle. But if you’re giving your body the weak stuff, you simply won’t be prepared.
Antioxidants can be found in foods high in vitamin C and beta-carotene. Most fruits contain vitamin C, and most orange fruits and vegetables contain beta-carotene. October is a great time of year to eat orange, because pumpkins, butternut squash, persimmons, and sweet potatoes are at their peak right now! Gobble up!
What else can you do to protect yourself? Try these tips.
- Avoid fried foods. Cooking foods in extreme heat can cause more carcinogens, not to mention reduce nutritional value. Instead, try baking, grilling, or roasting.
- Go for lean. Eat lean meats and if possible, avoid red meats.
- Work your body. Eating healthy is just the half. Get your daily 30 minutes of exercise and your body will work for you.
- Get checked. You’re never too young to get a mammogram.
- Be a role model. Encourage the ladies you love to get on the healthy track. Your mom, your grandma, your aunty, anyone…Remember, breast cancer affects us all, whether it’s our body or not.
The bottom line is that breast cancer can strike anyone, health nuts and fast food queens alike. There are so many factors out there that can increase the risks, but it never hurts to eat intentionally. Maybe one day they’ll put pink ribbon stickers on the fruits….