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Cancer has been a leading cause of death in past 20 years, according to Department of Health1, it can be said that cancer is the top killer in Hong Kong. To minimize the risks, other than staying away from smoking and alcoholic consumption, daily diet also plays as a key factor. But what are the foods that can help prevent cancer? What are the cancer-fighting foods? And is there anything to note on a cancer patient's diet? Here are some insights from Chubb's team.

8 Best Cancer-fighting Foods2

1. Cruciferous Vegetables:

Rich in vitamin A, B, B2 and C, as well as protein, fat, carbohydrates, calcium, potassium, iron and β-Carotene, etc. The sulforaphane content can reduce cell damage, hence the risk of cancer.

2. Apple:

Rich in quercetin and polyphenolic compounds, helpful in lowering risk of tumors while the dietary fiber content helps boost the growth of probiotics, detoxing digestive system and preventing related diseases.

3. Cherry:

Contains high level of potent antioxidants including anthocyanins, quercetin and ellagic acid, powerful in anti-inflammation and cancer prevention.

4. Cranberry:

Rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber, wards off urinary tract infection. It contains anthocyanins, ursolic Acid, benzoic acid, triggering impressive antioxidant activity, particularly effective in preventing rectal cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, laryngeal cancer, and lung cancer.

5. Grape:

The resveratrol content is a key ingredient intercepting growth of cancer cells by slowing down the speed and hence inhibiting tumor development.

6. Carrot:

Rich in vitamin K and A, improves overall health and minimizes risks of numerous cancer types. Research shows that carrot can help reduce the risk of cancer in digestive system, including mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, lung, stomach, and colon.

7. Tomato:

Concentrated in vitamin C and dietary fiber, while lycopene content is a mighty natural antioxidant comparing with other phytochemicals. Research shows that a daily intake of 15mg lycopene can helps avoid tumor development as well as cancer cell growth.

8. Nut:

Contains high level of Omega-3 and vitamin E, effective in anti-inflammation and free radicals’ formation, hence the risk of cancerization. Avoid intake of nut products with high heat processing as it breaks down and damage the fat structure, creating more free radicals which defeats the purpose.

 

6 Diet Do's & Don'ts for Cancer Patients

1. Do consume sufficient protein

It is important to intake enough good nutrients during treatment to fight against infection and maintain healthy body weight. Eat plenty of calories and protein such as chicken, fish, pork, beef, mutton, egg, dairy, cheese, legumes, nut, or nut butter, as well as legume products during treatment, especially for those who had surgery or wound.

2. Do eat enough calories

To ensure ample nutrient intake, eat whenever you want! A diet of 6 - 8 small meals daily is suggested. Feel free to add more calorie loading, such as full-fat milk, fruit smoothies, ice cream or sweet soup, but avoid choosing food with high fat content, too spicy or too sweet.

3. Do keep hydrated

It is crucial to keep hydrated during treatment. Apart from water, soup and liquid food is also a viable option, especially when experiencing chapped lips during treatment. Fruits with high water content like watermelon are good choices. Avoid citrus fruits including oranges and kiwi fruit as it may provoke mucosa or wounds.

4. Do take dietary supplements as needed

During chemotherapy or radiotherapy, patient may experience dysphagia, where dietary supplements come handy.

5. Don't cook in high heat

Boiling, steaming, and stewing are preferred cooking methods, frying should be avoided. Patient should also avoid uncooked foods including sashimi during treatment when immunity level is low due to decrease of white blood cells.

6. Don't take Chinese medical supplements without professional advice

In perspective of Chinese medication, it is best to avoid warm or heat-generating foods like ginseng as patient body is mostly in warm and toxic stage before and during chemotherapy.

 

 

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Source:

1 Centre for Health Protection - Death Rates by Leading Causes of Death, 2001 - 2021 (chp.gov.hk)

2Foods That Fight Cancer - American Institute for Cancer Research (aicr.org)

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