You may have noticed that October is Breast Cancer awareness month. There are pink ribbons everywhere helping to promote awareness as breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK.
Anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer will know that diet is an not area that most doctors tend to advise you on. We are often left to our own devices to research what foods should be incorporated into our diet and more importantly what should be avoided.
There is so much information available on the internet it can sometimes be confusing. Soy products and foods such as meat and cheese should definitely be avoided-especially where breast cancer is concerned. Some studies have shown that soy foods have a phytoestrogenic effect in the body which could aggravate breast cancer growth as it is a hormone-receptive cancer. Some internet sites say that lean meats, poultry and fish can be eaten but I disagree with this.
While I’m not going to get all animal rights on you, the bottom line is that our body doesn’t recognise protein in the form of a dead animal. It is difficult for our body to digest and depending on the quality of the meat, the environment it was raised in and what it was fed, makes a HUGE difference as to the affect it has on our body.
Cow fed corn in a cramped mega-dairy pumped full of antibiotics and hormones to increase it’s productivity is an unhappy cow.
Cow fed grass outside in natural environment and allowed to roam free is a happy cow.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and want to continue eating meat I would urge you to consume it a maximum of twice a week and to ensure it is ORGANIC! Your body does not need or want any hormone or antibiotic residues to have to deal with.
A recent article posted on The Cancer Project says this:
“How many people realize that consuming grilled chicken can increase the risk of breast cancer? Recent tests commissioned by the Cancer Project of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine revealed that grilled chicken from fast-food outlets contains substantial amounts of a carcinogenic chemical called PhIP. The independent laboratory analysis of grilled chicken samples bought at a fast-food outlets found that all samples tested contained significant amounts of PhIP, a chemical that can increase a person’s risk for breast, colon, and prostate cancers, even if consumed in small amounts. PhIP has been identified as a carcinogen by the National Institutes of Health. PhIP is one of a group of carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that are found in grilled meat. PhIP and other HCAs do not exist naturally in chicken; they form when animal muscle is cooked to high temperatures. As known mutagens, HCAs can bind directly to DNA and cause mutations, the first step in the development of cancer. PhIP is only one of the breast-cancer risks present in grilled chicken. More than 60 percent of the calories in a single KFC grilled chicken thigh are fat calories. Studies show countries with a higher fat intake, particularly fat from animal products, have a higher rate of breast cancer.”
A plant based alkaline diet with little or no sugar is the best way to support your body at anytime, especially where illness is concerned.