Health & Medical Cancer & Oncology

Prostate: Foods to Avoid

    Meat

    • Eliminate fatty meats from your diet.

      Fatty diets with a high caloric intake from meats may lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer as well as affecting the progression and behavior of the cancer. A study by Harvard University reports that men with waist sizes of 43 inches or more are 50 percent more likely to suffer from prostate enlargement than men of normal weight. The study further discovered that losing just seven inches of waistline, about 35 pounds, could be both a preventative and a treatment of BPH. It is best to reduce or eliminate meat, which may contain unhealthy fats and steroids. A vegetarian diet is a healthier option.

    Saturated and Hydrogenated Fats

    • Fats can cause cancer cells to grow.

      Except for olive oil and sesame oil, reduce butter, margarine, and oil intake. Trans-fatty acids, hydrogenated oils and saturated animal fats can exacerbate the growth of malignant cells. Stay away from donuts, cookies, cakes, potato chips, French fries and other deep-fried foods.

    Dairy

    • Dairy products and prostate cancer are closely related.

      According to studies done by Harvard University and Tufts University, consumption of dairy products is closely linked in America to prostate cancer. Research found that men who consume larger than average amounts of dairy products have an 11 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men who consumed less. Additionally, males with the highest intake of dairy products have a 39 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men with the lowest dairy consumption. Milk, cheese, and ice cream should be avoided.

    Refined Sugars

    • Cancer cells love sugar, which acts as a fuel for tumor growth. Do not consume refined sugars found in cakes, pastries, candy, Jell-O, white bread and sugary tomato sauces.

    Beverages to Avoid

    • Stay away from sodas.

      Avoid alcohol, black teas and coffee. Sodas contains sugar, so they too should be avoided. Refrain from drinking liquids before, during or just after meals, as they dilute the digestive enzymes. This can result in poor digestion, with fewer nutrients being provided to the body.

    Other Foods

    • Avoid salty foods including pretzels, nuts, chips, soy sauce, beef jerky, ham, hot dogs and bottled salad dressing. Canned, packaged and processed foods such as canned soups, TV dinners and processed cheese should also be eliminated from your diet.



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