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Reducing Alcohol, Red Meat, Sugary Drinks From Diet Can Lower Cancer Risk

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New recommendations have been released that could help people not only change their lifestyle but also reduce the risk of cancer.

New Report Shows Global Perspective On Cancer

The World Cancer Research Fund announced these recommendations in the report Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective. Researchers found links among diet, weight, physical activity, and cancer prevention and survival.

They discovered that one in six deaths worldwide is due to cancer. The report mentions that obesity could directly increase cancer risk as it has ties with 12 different cancers, including liver and prostate cancer and stomach, bowel, and postmenopausal breast cancer.

Reducing Red Meat, Alcohol, And Sugary Drinks

WRCF recommends that people should reduce food and beverage consumption to cut their cancer risks. They advise to eat smaller portions of red and processed meat such as bacon and to eat no more than three portions of it a week. Another suggestion is to swap red meat out for turkey, chicken, or hard-boiled eggs.

Researchers also noted that it is best for people to eliminate alcohol consumption to avoid cancer. However, if people still want to drink liquor, the WRCF recommends drinking from the smallest serving size possible. Other tips include alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and having alcohol-free days.

The health organization added that people should limit sugar-sweetened drinks. Researchers pointed out that consuming these drinks can lead to weight gain and could cause cancer. They recommend avoiding large servings of fruit juice, drinking coffee or tea without sugar, and dodging iced coffee drinks.

Embracing A Healthier Lifestyle

WCRF also states that it is imperative for people try to keep their weight within a healthy range, and hoped that people would watch their portion sizes and read food labels. It recommends consuming fruits and vegetables at least five times a day, incorporating wholegrain foods into their diet, and boiling or steaming potatoes and other starchy vegetables.

They also recommend two weekly exercise options: 150 minutes of moderately intense activities including brisk walking, dancing, and swimming, or 75 minutes of dynamic exercises that involve sports and running.

"Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades," said Dr. Fiota Mitou, WRCF director of research funding, to The Telegraph.

Tech Times contacted the World Cancer Research Fund for a comment on this story.

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