Did you know that the diet you feed your children now will set the stage for their future cancer risk? If you let them smoke cigarettes, you would not be surprised if one day they get lung cancer. If you feed them fast-food meals and let them pass on the fresh fruits and vegetables, you are contributing to their future disease potential. Studies indicate that what a child eats, especially right before and after puberty, strongly influences their risk potential for certain cancers, such as breast and prostate.
Did you know that diets rich in animal products and low in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, may increase your risk of colon cancer? Scientific studies have shown a strong link to cancers of the digestive tract, bladder, and prostate due to low fruit consumption. Eating nutrient-dense foods will not only help you maintain your ideal weight, but they also provide your best protection against cancer.
All animal products are low, if not completely lacking, in disease-protecting nutrients. To increase your defense against disease, you must think of food as medicine, and eat more unrefined plant foods. All plant foods contain fiber that helps to bind toxins, fats, and unhealthy cholesterol before it is absorbed into your bloodstream. Animal products contain no fiber. What about protein? Plant foods contain protein. Too much protein, especially in the form of animal protein, can be hard on the kidneys and other organs.
Bottom line: eat smaller portions of animal foods (meats and dairy products), and eat a greater ratio of plant foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds) to reduce your weight and decrease your risk of disease. The earlier you start, the easier it is to avoid disease, but it’s never too late to improve your health!
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for God’s glory.”