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Colon Cancer Prevention Diet

Research has shown that therapeutic supplementation with specific vitamins and minerals as well as a high fiber diet rich in phytochemicals (red, blue and purple berries, citrus, tomatoes, soy, whole grains, onions, garlic, and tea) can reduce colon polyp formation and the risk of colon cancer. The vitamins and minerals recommended in the regime should be taken in individual supplements, as multi-vitamin/mineral supplements do not contain the appropriate amounts and may have excess of other vitamins or minerals.

A low fat (less than 30% of calories from fat), high fiber diet (25-35g of fiber/day) that is rich in photochemical containing foods is proven in research to reduce the risk of colon cancer. A high fiber diet should contain a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and 3-6 servings of whole grains per day. Avoid regular consumption of charred, smoked, cured and salted meats due to their nitrate and carcinogens that's stored in animal fat.

Photochemical containing foods to include daily:

Fruit

  • grapes
  • oranges
  • papaya
  • berries
  • cantaloupe
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • limes
  • cherries
  • apples
  • mango
  • lemon

Vegetables

  • braccoli
  • cabbage
  • spinach
  • onion
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • winter squash
  • watercress
  • legumes
  • kale
  • garlic
  • chives
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • brussel sprouts

Other

  • green tea
  • flax seed
  • whole grains
  • soy beans
  • barley
  • brown rice

Nutritional counseling is available with a registered dietitian in the office. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact our office at (337) 232-6697.

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