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Avoid This Food to Prevent Cancer, Say New Guidelines

The American Cancer Society's new advisory recommends avoiding this classic entrée.
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The American Cancer Society just released updated guidelines on diet and physical activity for cancer prevention, and there is one classic entrée that is a big no-no for those who want to prevent cancer: steak. That's right, the consumption of red meat—including processed red meat, like hot dogs—and drinking too much alcohol, are directly related to an increased rate of cancer.

The specific changes to "diet and physical activity guidelines" the ACS recommends include getting more physical activity, eating less (or no) processed and red meat, and avoiding alcohol or drinking less (psst: here's what can happen to your body if you drink every day). The new guidelines go on to list the following best practices to avoid getting cancer:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy body weight throughout life. If you're overweight or obese, losing even a few pounds can lower your risk for some types of cancer.
  • Adults should get 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, or 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or a combination. Getting 300 minutes or more will give you the most health benefits.
  • Children and teens should get at least 1 hour of moderate or vigorous-intensity activity each day.
  • Spend less time sitting or lying down. This includes time looking at your phone, tablet, computer, or TV.
  • Eat a colorful variety of vegetables and fruits and plenty of whole grains and brown rice.
  • Avoid or limit eating red meats such as beef, pork, and lamb, and processed meats such as bacon, sausage, deli meats, and hot dogs.
  • Avoid or limit sugar-sweetened beverages, highly processed foods, and refined grain products.
  • It is best not to drink alcohol. But if you do, women should have no more than one drink per day and men should have no more than two. A drink is 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

It turns out, staying at a healthy weight, keeping active throughout life, sticking to a healthy eating plan, and avoiding or limiting alcohol reduces yourlifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer. The ACA report reveals that at least 18% of all cancer cases in the United States are directly related to a combination of these factors. Other than not smoking, these lifestyle habits are the most important behaviors that people can control and change to help lower their cancer risk, says the ACA.

For more, make sure to read up on these 30 things that may affect whether or not you get cancer, and make sure to sign up for our newsletter for more healthy eating tips.

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