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Fighting the Cancer-Obesity Link with Plants

Sharon Palmer

More and more research points to obesity as a major risk factor for developing cancer. A new World Cancer Research Fund report showed an association between obesity and an increased risk of 12 cancers, including breast, esophagus, gallbladder, kidney and liver cancers. The report also recommended that the major lifestyle approaches to reduce cancer risks include:

  • Being physically active
  • Limiting consumption of fast food, high-fat products, red and processed meats, alcohol and sugar
  • Eating a diet rich in beans, fruit, whole grains and vegetables

Eating a plant-based diet rich in whole plant foods is your best odds diet to fight your risk of cancer. For more information on how to eat a plant-based diet, check out my blog. And you’ll find a variety of healthy, plant-based recipes at The Plant-Powered Dietitian.

Read more about the report here.

Image: Chipotle Tomato Rice Power Bowl, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

For more studies on plant-based diets and health, check out the following:

My Take on the EAT-Lancet Report on Sustainable, Healthy Diets
High Fiber, Lower Mortality
Eat More Plants, Weigh Less

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