Cancer Risks And Prevention

1 decade 1 year 9 months ago Tuesday, September 11 2007 Sep 11, 2007 Tuesday, September 11, 2007 6:33:31 PM CDT September 11, 2007 in News

Cancer and diet specialist Cheryl Rock said steps can be taken while cooking to lower the risks.

"Some people will actually put a little but of aluminum foil under the meat before they cook it," Rock said.

Rock also said other safety precautions include cooking meat and fish at low or medium temperatures, not over cooking foods.

"Simply scrape off that most charred part, because that's where you'll get the highest amount of these dangerous compounds," she said.

Marinades and sauces might also reduce cancer risk. It is smart to cook a complete meal on the grill. Vegetables do not produce these potentially dangerous compounds like meats do. In fact, Rock said grilled vegetables and fruits like pineapple can help protect you from cancer.

"So in other words, you balance out having the grilled chicken by having a salad, than a huge plate of yummy grilled vegetables and then your total body experience will be less affected by the little bit of the toxic that might have been in the chicken or fish," Rock said.

According to a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, vitamin D supplements appear to reduce your risk of death from cancer by seven percent. Vitamin D can be found in milk, soy products, and margarine.

Vitamin E is also important to a well balanced diet.

A study from the Harvard Medical School shows Vitamin E helps reduce the risk of deadly blood clots. The study also shows vitamin E can reduce your risk by up to 20 percent. Vitamin E is mostly found in foods like peanuts and almonds.

A study published in the Archive of Ophthalmology shows taking a daily dose of vitamins can reduce your risk of vision loss as you age.

Doctors suggest eating plenty of dark leafy, vegetables to make sure your sight stays sharp.

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