I know high-protein diets are all the rage, but according to Prevention magazine, cutting back on carbohydrates could mean you're skimping on cancer protection as well. Now, we're not talking about the carbs that come from cookies and cheese puffs, we're talking about fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research did a 13 year study of nearly 30,000 people. And they found that the folks who followed their dietary recommendations ran a 35% lower risk of cancer. If you want to be among that 35%, here are a few guidelines to follow. Do these, live longer:
- Eat five or more servings of antioxidant packed vegetables and fruits daily. That's stuff like strawberries, broccoli, and apples. And if you think that's a lot that's the minimum requirement. You should eat between 5 and 9 servings that's the new national guideline.
- Eat 7 or more daily servings of whole grains. That includes things like 100% whole wheat bread, beans, and root vegetables, like turnips or potatoes. That does not include French fries.
- Eat no more than 3 ounces of red meat per day. That's the size of a woman's fist.
- The fourth rule to follow: Limit your intake of saturated fats that means lard, butter, and cooking oils.
- On the exercise front, you should get one hour a day of moderate exercise. That can be anything from walking, to mowing the lawn, to playing in the marching band. But it's tougher than you think. Only 10% of the entire population gets an hour of exercise daily.
- And the final guideline from the American Institute of Cancer Research is a no brainer: Stay away from tobacco.
Follow those 6 rules and you'll be a lot less likely to get cancer. Want to go further, the Institute's website is AICR.org.