What if you could reduce your risk of certain types of cancer by as much as 65 percent? You can, said Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen in a November 2 column. The key: Changing your diet to utilize the newest research showing how certain foods can slash your risk of cancers ranging from breast to bladder.
Here are their diet tips to reduce your risk of different types of cancer:
- Benign breast disease (BBD) raises breast cancer risk by more than 55 percent. Studies show that eating peanut butter in the teenage years reduces the risk of BBD by 39 percent.
- In addition, girls who eat some peanuts and legumes every day are 68 percent less likely to have BBD. Go for tree nuts or 100 percent peanut butter with no added sugar or oils.
- Fruits and vegetables reduce women's risk for estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer.
- Eating enough produce cuts bladder cancer risk by 65 percent for women and for men who smoke.
- Slash the sugar to slash the risk of endometrial cancer by 59 percent.
- Cut your risk for pancreatic cancer by choosing low-fat, low calorie foods.
In addition, these two diet experts recommend enjoying green drinks. Try Dr. Oz's recipe below, which is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins.
Ingredients for Dr. Oz's Green Drink
Makes 3-4 servings (about 28-30 oz)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/4 head of celery
- 1/2 bunch parsley
- 1 bunch mint
- 3 carrots
- 2 apples
- 1/4 orange
- 1/4 lime
- 1/4 lemon
- 1/4 pineapple
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Serve and enjoy!