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Nutrition Library: Eating for Disease Management

Decrease your risk for cancer by modifying your diet

What can I eat to help stay healthy and lower cancer risk?

Experts agree that the best choice is a healthy, balanced diet that is low in fat, moderate in calories, and rich in fiber. It means:

  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, grains, and beans
  • Include some lean meats and low-fat dairy products
  • Go easy on fats

How can I do this easily? I want to eat right, but I don't want to give up a lot of foods that I like.

You don't have to give up your whole life's eating habits. A few small actions can make a difference. Here are two examples:

  • Switch to reduced fat or nonfat salad dressing. Regular salad dressing has about 160 calories and 18 grams of fat in a modest 2-tablespoon serving!
  • Next time you have toast, try whole wheat with jelly, fruit spread, or jam instead of white bread with butter. You'll cut back on fat, and you'll get more than twice the fiber

Choose healthy eating actions to:

  • Cut back on fat
  • Increase the fruits, vegetables, and grains you eat
  • Increase the fiber in your diet


(Reprinted with permission from the National Cancer Institute)

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