Recently, the US studies proved cancer survivors are less health conscious when it comes to food.
The studies were made in collaboration with the Tufts University, the National Institutes of Health, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Transnational Sciences.
The study leader, Fang Fang Zhang, expert at the Tufts University, announced that this is the first study which deals with eating habits for cancer survivors.
They evaluated the diets of 3000 healthy adults in comparison with cancer survivors’ diets and the results were surprising: those who had cancer haven’t changed their eating habits in a healthier way.
Healthy people with no disease antecedents scored 48,3 from 100 and the healthy eating score index for cancer survivors was 47,2.
13,7 million cancer survivors were estimated in the US three years ago and this numbers continue to increase.
A healthy diet is essential for every human being even if they have health problems or not.
Zhang insisted on the importance of dietary fibers, lower fat alternative foods, fruits and vegetables and dietary supplements like: vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium, calcium and saturated fats.
He assumed that chemotherapy emotional distress might have a negative effect among these survivors and, of course, this makes them less aware that their current diets are wrong.
Registered dietitians have a tremendous role in improving people’s diets.
It is recommended to eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables per day, apples, berries, dark leafy greens, avocado, burberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnip greens, carrots, apricots, aubergines, plums and red grapes are well-known as cancer fighting super foods.
Scientists and doctors state that most diseases are caused by an inflammation which persists for long periods of time, but it was proved that curcumin has an exceptional anti-inflammatory effect, killing and stopping the invasion of cancerous cells.
High-fiber cereals, whole grains, bulgur, oats and brown rice are ideal for a healthy diet because they are rich in dietary fibers which facilitate digestion and maintain a healthy colon.
For prostate and colon cancer survivors, cruciferous vegetables have shown promising results, duet o their cancer killing substances.
Food nutrition experts advised people to eat poor protein foods, such as: tofu, fish, poultry, low-fat yogurt, less-fat cheeses.
They recommended ill people to avoid eating processed meat and sugar because these foods are pro motors for cancer cells on both healthy or unhealthy humans.
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