What do anticancer foods really have? Cure it? Do they prevent it? Are they a scam? Maybe an excuse for them to be more expensive?
I have observed more than once that, when it comes to talking about issues that have to do with the relationship between health and nutrition, there tends to be a curious phenomenon of a "stale phone" in which information changes as the It is spreading and what can start by being the publication of an article in a scientific journal that says that they have studied the properties of a food and its benefits in the diet and have concluded that this food could reduce the appearance of this or that disease, It does not take long for it to become a headline saying that the food in question cures or prevents you from suffering from that disease.
It seems the same, but it is not, and lately we only see examples of supposed anticancer foods that, if all their benefits were really true, the oncology specialty would end up running out of patients. I wish it were true! But I am very afraid that will not happen.
Are there really anti-cancer foods?
Or are they just another way of doing business? Well, neither one thing nor the other. According to Dr. Fernando Fombellida, stomatologist and co-author of the book Cooking to live in an interview with Deia, it has been shown that a certain type of diet can reduce the risk of cancer. Now, that does not mean that eating certain foods is a kind of anticancer insurance that gives us carte blanche to eat anything else unhealthy.
I mean, eating a healthy diet, globally, will help us to be healthier in general, but that of healthy eating is too broad a concept that is not limited to introducing fashionable foods such as broccoli, kale or green tea.
Anticancer foods, a matter of common sense
Because yes, it is common sense to realize that it will be of little use to eat a tomato, which due to its lycopene content is included in the anti-cancer food club if we accompany it with some sausages with bacon, that is to say, saturated fats a gogó and processed meats on those that the WHO has warned us that we should moderate their consumption, since excessive consumption could be related to the appearance of certain types of cancers.
That is, as Dr. Fombellida indicates, one should not fall into the mistake that one is benefiting from the good properties of a few healthy foods if they then continue to eat alcohol and processed foods with large amounts of fat, sugar and salt.
Can you have an anti-cancer diet?
On the one hand, no diet can guarantee that someone will not get cancer, as the appearance of this can be due to multiple factors that have nothing to do with diet, such as tobacco consumption, genetic issues or environmental conditions.
But on the other hand, what is clear is that eating a healthy diet will reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. And within that healthy diet, it is not about doing a super strict diet, but about:
· try to eat foods as natural as possible - you know that about not eating anything that your grandmother did not recognize as food-
· avoid all types of processed foods and reduce your intake of processed meats as much as possible
· avoid frying at high temperatures, especially when using oils other than extra virgin olive
· not regularly eating charred or overly toasted foods
· Do not eat food that is at a very high temperature - surely you know someone who needs to drink coffee or milk that is practically boiling - because it can cause damage to the mucous membranes of the stomach and esophagus that can end in a precancerous lesion
And, despite everything, nothing happens because one day you eat some sausages and chips that if you like them will make you very happy the day you eat them, because life is also about that, about being happy every day. But what yes, think of more variety, not eat the same thing every day, give all the vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals a chance ... Discover new dishes and recipes.
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