Many observations and discoveries have
been made over the past few decades that
lead scientists and nutritionists to believe
that leading a healthy lifestyle and consuming
healthy food, can reduce our chances of
getting cancer, heart disease, degenerative
diseases, and even delay the aging process.
IN 1997, the World Cancer Research Fund
and the American Institute for Cancer Research
(AICR) published a joint study that was
the result of a 15 year research, titled:
Food Nutrition And The Prevention of Cancer
- A Global Perspective.
The following two quotes from this report
It is now apparent that though genetic
predisposition varies, the key factors determining
whether people develop cancer are environmental.
The 2 most important ways to reduce cancer
risk are the avoidance of cancer-causing
agents, of which tobacco is the most lethal,
but which also include biological agents,
viruses, and bacteria, and the habitual
consumption of diets high in those food
and drinks that protect against cancer.
The panel found that … inappropriate
diets cause around one-third of all cancer
deaths … (it) estimates that 30 to
40 per cent of cancer causes throughout
the world are preventable by feasible dietary
To sum this up, what all this means that
if we don’t smoke tobacco, and consume
lots of healthy food regularly, we can reduce
our risk of getting cancer by up to 40 per
What constitutes healthy food? Food that
are wholesome, low in carbohydrates, cholesterol,
salt and bad fats. And high in fibre/fiber,
rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals,
and also good fats.
Apart from reducing the risk of cancer,
a healthy diet can also help to reduce heart
disease. By consuming foods that are rich
in antioxidants, good fats (olive oil, sunflower
oil, salmon, tuna) and fiber, scientists
have found that we can reduce / prevent
heart disease by up to 32 per cent.
Wait a minute. Weren’t we told that
fat is no good. Well, yes, and no. Over
the past few decades, scientists have made
observations and tests that provide strong
evidence that not all fats are unhealthy.
In fact there are certain type of fats (unsaturated
fats) that are actually very good for our
health. Examples of the good fats are olive
oil, fish oil (from salmon, tuna), sunflower
oil, safflower oil, sesame oil.
Our diets consist of a few major components:
carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta), protein
(lean meat, soy), fats (oils), fibre/fiber
(fruits and vegetables). We have got to
know which of these are good for us, and
vice versa, because eating healthy will
not only help prevent cancer, heart disease,
and other bad diet diseases, but also keep
us young and sprightly.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating
bland, tasteless food. I have compiled a
list of tasty, mouth-watering recipes for
your eating pleasure.
Healthy Recipes ...
Salad with Spiced Pork and Sesame Seeds
Chilli With Peaches and 3 Beans
Healthy Recipes >>