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Despite major advancements in methods of treatment,cancer continues to be the most dreaded disease in the world, with its very name evoking the image of impending disaster. Ironically, even the chemo and radiation which are the established cures come with a plethora of side-effects. Not only does the patient lose hair, but also strength, vitality and immunity. One needs every ounce of energy one can marshal to survive this scourge.

Cancer patients have to make sure that they eat what empowers them and totally avoid what weakens them. So every morsel that goes past their lips must be a friend instead of a foe.

Some of the best food items for them are:

Grapes: Both grapes and grape juice are rich sources of resveratrol, a type of natural phytochemical. In laboratory studies, resveratrol prevents the kind of damage known to trigger the cancer process in cell, tissue and animal models.

Resveratrol also slows the growth of cancer cells and inhibits the formation of tumors in lymph, liver, stomach and breast cells. It triggers the death of leukemic and colon cancer tumours and blocks the development of skin, breast and leukemia cancers. Black grapes are particularly good.

Make sure that the grapes are pesticide-free. Sorry but wine doesn’t qualify.

Apples: Apple peels have potent antioxidant and antiproliferative effects on human cancer cells in a petri dish. They work best against estrogen receptor negative breast cancer, which is much harder to treat than estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.

Ginger: It forces cancer cells to commit suicide in a process called apoptosis. The beauty is that it leaves the healthy cells around them unharmed. Trials on ovarian cells in lab animals have been very encouraging.

Garlic: Its pungent cloves too have a similar impact, particularly in gastrointestinal cancers.

Turmeric (haldi): Curcumin in the spice interferes with the cell-signalling pathways, making it impossible for cancer cells to grow and spread.

Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables: When chewed, these release antioxidant sulforaphane that not only prevents but also fights colon and prostate cancers. However, guard against overcooking.

Berries: DNA mutation and cancer are caused by oxidation. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries fight it valiantly.

Green and black tea: These have antioxidant kaempferol which has proved promising especially in the battle against breast cancer. Brew your own teas. Bottled ones (iced tea) are not that good.

Tomatoes: These are teeming with lycopene antioxidant which is most effective on prostate cancer.

The patients should procure all the needed vitamins and minerals through whole foods instead of supplements. B-complex vitamins can be had from whole grains, spinach, peanuts, dried beans or peas and fresh oranges. Spend at least 30 minutes thrice a week or more in gentle sun and consume sufficient quantity of mushrooms, fortified almond milk, cheese, cereals, spinach, potatoes, orange juice and soy yoghurt for Vitamin D. If non-vegetarian, go for eggs and fish.

Now the foods that have to be shunned. The first item is man-made sugar. Eating sugar leads to the production of insulin, a hormone that the body utilises to regulate sugar levels, metabolism and cell growth.

Unfortunately, cancer cells also grow, multiply and spread using insulin as fuel. The more insulin you have in the body, the more cancer will thrive, says CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Craig Thompson.

This finding is confirmed by a University Rey Juan scientist Custodia Garcia-Jimenez who wrote in a recent article: “We are surprised to realise that changes in our metabolism caused by dietary sugar impact our cancer risk. Changing diet is one of the easiest prevention strategies that can potentially save a lot of suffering and money.”

Also cut down red meats and saturated fats drastically, if not completely.

Credits: IANS

  • Shriya Katoch

    This is really informative . Its great that researchers are searching for food products that prevent cancer .

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    There should be more awareness about these. Posters should be put in every hospital so that people there come to know it

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  • Shriya Katoch

    This is really informative . Its great that researchers are searching for food products that prevent cancer .

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    There should be more awareness about these. Posters should be put in every hospital so that people there come to know it

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To Avoid Catastrophic Damage, Humans Need To Change Their Diet: Study

We need governments to help accelerate the change by aligning national dietary guidelines with healthy and sustainable requirements

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This is the "Impossible Burger," made from wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein and other ingredients, shown in Bellevue, Neb., Jan. 11, 2019. A report released Jan. 16, 2019, by a panel of nutrition, agriculture and environmental experts recommends a plant-based diet. VOA

The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and “catastrophic” damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.

The key to both goals is a dramatic shift in the global diet — roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts — a consortium of three dozen researchers concluded in The Lancet, a medical journal.

“We are in a catastrophic situation,” co-author Tim Lang, a professor at the University of London and policy lead for the EAT-Lancet Commission that compiled the 50-page study, told AFP.

Currently, nearly a billion people are hungry and another 2 billion are eating too much of the wrong foods, causing epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

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The key to protecting human and planetary health is a dramatic shift in the global diet — roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts — a consortium of three dozen researchers concluded in The Lancet. VOA

Unhealthy diets account for up to 11 million avoidable premature deaths every year, according to the most recent Global Disease Burden report.

At the same time the global food system is the single largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the biggest driver of biodiversity loss, and the main cause of deadly algae blooms along coasts and inland waterways.

Agriculture — which has transformed nearly half the planet’s land surface — also uses up about 70 percent of the global fresh water supply.

“To have any chance of feeding 10 billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries” — the limits on Earth’s capacity to absorb human activity — “we must adopt a healthy diet, slash food waste and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts,” said co-author Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research.

“It is doable but it will take nothing less than global agricultural revolution,” he told AFP.

The main culprit

The cornerstone of “the great food transformation” called for in the study is a template human diet of about 2,500 calories per day.

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Beef products are displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. VOA

“We are not saying everyone has to eat in the same way,” Lang said by phone. “But broadly — especially in the rich world — it means a reduction of meat and dairy, and a major increase in plant consumption.”

The diet allows for about 7 grams (.25 ounce) of red meat per day, and up to 14. A typical hamburger patty, by comparison, is 125 to 150 grams.

For most rich nations, and many emerging ones such as China and Brazil, this would represent a drastic five- to tenfold reduction.

Beef is the main culprit. Not only do cattle pass massive quantities of planet-warming methane, huge swaths of carbon-absorbing forests — mostly in Brazil — are cut down every year to make room for them.

“For climate, we know that coal is the low-hanging fruit, the dirtiest of fossil fuels,” said Rockstrom. “On the food side, the equivalent is grain-fed beef.”

It takes at least 5 kilos of grain to produce a kilo of meat.

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The big challenge is making meat that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing. Pixabay

And once that steak or lamb chop hits the plate, about 30 percent will wind up in the garbage bin.

Dairy is also limited to about one cup (250 grams) of whole milk — or its equivalent in cheese or yogurt — per day, and only one or two eggs per week.

At the same time, the diet calls for a more than 100 percent increase in legumes such as peas and lentils, along with vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Grains are considered to be less healthy sources of nutrients.

“We can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources,” said Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton. “For the first time in 200,000 years of human history, we are severely out of sync with the planet and nature.”

Pushback

The report drew heavy fire from the livestock and dairy industry, and some experts.

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FILE – Professor Mark Post holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger during a launch event in west London, Aug. 5, 2013. Mosa Meat, a Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago, said July 17, 2018, it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. VOA

“It goes to the extreme to create maximum attention, but we must be more responsible when making serious dietary recommendation,” said Alexander Anton, secretary-general of the European Dairy Association, noting that dairy products are “packed” with nutrients and vitamins.

Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London said the report “reveals the full agenda of nanny-state campaigners.”

Also Read: Eat Less Meat To Meet Climate Targets: Study

“We expected these attacks,” said Lang. “But the same food companies pushing back against these findings realize that they may not have a future if they don’t adapt.

“The question is: Does this come by crisis, or do we start planning for it now?”

Some multinationals responded positively, if cautiously, to the study.

“We need governments to help accelerate the change by aligning national dietary guidelines with healthy and sustainable requirements, and repurposing agricultural subsidies,” the World Business Council for Sustainable Development said in a statement. (VOA)