Limit red meat consumption and steer clear of processed meats
- The risk of colon cancer increases by 15-20% if you consume 100 grams of red meat (a small hamburger) or 50 grams of processed meats, like sausage, bacon or one hotdog, per day.
Hold the sugar
- sugar may not be directly associated with colon cancer, but foods that are high in sugar are often high in calories which can lead to weight gain and obesity.
Up your fiber intake
- Daily fiber intake should be 25-35 grams and the best way to add fiber into your diet is through fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Some good examples are raspberries, pears, apples, bananas, oranges, cooked artichoke, peas, broccoli and corn. Whole grains and legumes are also good sources of fiber.
- Calcium and vitamin D has been found in recent studies to be associated with a decreased risk for colorectal cancer.
Choose grains wisely
- Some good whole grains are barley, quinoa, whole wheat flour, wild and brown rice and oatmeal. Whole grains are good because they contain all their essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients.
Less than 10% of colon cancers are hereditary, which means that a lot of it is lifestyle. Good nutrition and a healthy active lifestyle are important aspects of good colon health.