What, if anything, can we do in our own personal lives to possibly hold cancer at bay? Martha Teichner has some food for thought:
Dr. Margaret Cuomo has produced a documentary and a companion book, both called “A World Without Cancer.”
Teichner took a spin around Dr. Cuomo’s local supermarket on Long Island. Her advice: Eat the rainbow. “We want to eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits,” Dr. Cuomo said. “The anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities of the vegetables and fruits we’re seeing here today are those elements that are going to help us reduce the risk for cancer, diabetes and other diseases.”
So says Cuomo, but there is some debate about the role of specific foods in cancer prevention, even organics. Still, she’s a believer and says consider organic. But if you gasp at the price, “buy as much as you can afford. It’s important that you eat the vegetable, so if you cannot get them organic, you’re gonna eat the vegetables regardless.”
And here’s something you may not have thought about: “We want to keep to the periphery of a supermarket,” she said.
Why? “Because the healthier foods are going to be located there.”
She says fill your cart with fruits and veggies, like tomatoes, peppers, oranges, broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage. And try green tea. “Green tea is known to have catechins, and that has a powerful anti-cancer effect,” she said. And what does all that look like on your dinner plate?
“You want two-thirds of that plate to be consisting of vegetables, whole grains and fruits, with one-third of it protein,” Dr. Cuomo said. “That protein can be a bean — black beans, chick peas, lentils. It can be a lean protein, like fish or poultry.”
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