-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Losing weight can help
reduce your risk of cancer if you're overweight or obese, but not
all diet plans are effective in lowering that risk, an expert
Diets that help protect against cancer are those that encourage
long-term changes in eating habits and also provide a variety of
options from all food groups, explained Daxaben Amin, a senior
clinical dietitian in the clinical nutrition department at the
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The Mediterranean-style diet promotes a life-long commitment to
good nutrition and also meets many of the dietary guidelines for
preventing cancer and heart disease, including:
Another good diet is the whole-body type of diet, which involves
eating six to seven small meals a day instead of the usual three
large meals. It offers the following cancer prevention
"Diet plans that encourage short-term change usually don't provide the nutrients your body needs on a daily basis. These diets make our 'bad' list," Amin said in a cancer center news release.
Gluten-free diets are becoming popular but people shouldn't go
gluten-free unless they have celiac disease, Amin advised. Going
gluten-free means avoiding foods with whole grains, which are high
in fiber, vitamins and minerals -- all of which protect cells from
damage that can lead to cancer.
Carbohydrate-free diets are another bad choice. Completely
eliminating carbohydrates deprives the body of its primary source
of energy and of some important cancer-fighting foods --
vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.
"Instead of going carb-free, choose your carbohydrates wisely. Pick whole grains rather than cakes, cookies and other foods made with processed or refined grains and sugars," Amin suggested.
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