Nutritional guidelines for reducing cancer risk

Physicians at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center suggest a healthier way to eat.
Modified: November 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm •  Published: November 28, 2013
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What can you do?

Although nutrigenomics is a burgeoning science, the potential for groundbreaking discoveries is tremendous. But, until the science is refined to the point that nutrition can be individualized, physicians at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center suggest the following nutritional guide:

• Fill the majority of your plate with plant foods, including a wide variety of plants in all colors of the rainbow.

• Aim to get your nutrients from whole foods (defined as unprocessed foods, such as broccoli, lentils or brown rice) rather than supplements to increase variety of nutrients consumed.

• Avoid excessively high intake of any one nutrient.

• If you have had cancer or have a family history of cancer, it would be prudent to follow the American Cancer Society's diet recommendations for reducing cancer risk.