A Healthy Me, is a Happy Me

Since we're all women here, I figured a post about breasts cancer awareness would be important, especially since its October! I had the opportunity to speak with Marie spano, MS, rd/ld, fissn, cscs, who is a nutrition communications expert specializing in sports nutrition.  

She has a large resume, from consulting with various nutrition, supplement and pr companies, ms. spano has written articles for popular press magazines, trade publications and websites,in addition to three book chapters. 

In the below interview, Marie discussed how foods can help us live healthier as well as recommends cancer fighting foods. Surprisingly, Vitamin water is a recommendation from her.

The interview:

1. Do foods play a part in breasts cancer prevention? If so, how?

Yes. According to the American Cancer Society, 35% of cancer deaths can be prevented through diet. ACS also indicates that we can lower our risk for breast cancer by limiting our alcohol consumption, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight. To lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, women should eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and poultry and fatty fish. In addition it is important to stay responsibly hydrated. Drinking water and low calorie beverages can help you stay hydrated and alert. And, several food and beverage companies are giving a portion of their proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a cure. I encourage every woman to eat and drink "pink" by looking for the pink ribbon on products, like glacéau’s smartwater, which is giving $300,000 to support the fight against breast cancer.

2. What are some top cancer-fighting ingredients that women should look for?  

Colorful fruits and vegetables should be first on the list. They are loaded with polyphenols that may help prevent some types of cancer. For instance, berries are loaded with antioxidants such as ellagic acid, that may prevent some types of cancer. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale contain phytochemicals that may reduce some types of cancer also.

If you don't like fruits and vegetables, add a little dark chocolate (chocolate containing cocoa that is not alkalized is best) to your diet or try products with added polyphenols such as Fuze Empower.

Also, fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, halibut) are rich in omega 3s which may decrease your risk for certain types of cancer including breast cancer.

3. Are there certain foods women should avoid?

Women should limit their alcohol consumption and, to decrease their overall cancer risk they should avoid charred meat (cooking meat at high temperatures for short periods of time produces carcinogenic heterocyclic amines) and some studies indicate that acyrlamides, formed when baked goods are cooked at high temperatures, are also carcinogenic.  The foods that test highest for acyrlamides are French fries and potato chips.

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