What is the connection between bacon and cancer? You have to avoid the former to avoid the latter. I know many bacon lovers out there will probably shed a few tears when they read the recent report compiled by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). Taking five years to research and using 200 scientists to compile the data, the report states that one third of all cancers are caused by diet and lack of exercise and could be prevented.
The WCRF created a list of ten tips to help prevent a variety of cancers.
- Stay as slim as possible, maintaining a BMI between 18.5 to 25. Excess body fat is not only a trigger for endometrial cancer, but also esophagus, pancreatic, bowel, post-menopausal breast, and kidney cancers.
- Exercise vigorously everyday for 30 minutes or for 1 hour of moderate exercise daily.
- Avoid sugary drinks and fast food.
- Eat a predominantly plant based diet of at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and cereals/grains/pulses with every meal.
- Eat no more than 500g of red meat a week and no processed meat ever (this is the bit about bacon and ham was singled out as well).
- Woman should consume no more than one serving of alcohol a day and no more than two for a man.
- No more than 6g a day of salt
- Dietary supplements of vitamins and minerals are not recommended (you should be getting all your vitamins and minerals from your food).
- Breastfeed babies exclusively for six months.
- Cancer survivors also to follow these recommendations.