Nutrition and cancer – there is no miracle food!

[08 July 2011 - 09h34] [updated the 19 December 2013 à 14h46]

ANSES (the French National Agency on Food Safety, Environment and Occupational Health Safety) is clear: “there is no food or nutriment that can, in itself, combat cancer”.

The Agency states that consuming a particular food, nutriment or food supplement is not sufficient in itself to prevent the onset of cancer. Particularly when the diet overall is unbalanced”.

In 2010, around 360,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in France. Around a third could have been avoided in industrialised countries by nutritional prevention. In other words, by following a balanced, varied diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables. In fact, by eating fruit and vegetables, it is possible to cover our fibre, vitamin and mineral requirements.

Furthermore … and unsurprisingly … ANSES recommends limiting our consumption of high-calorie foods as they tend to make us overweight. The Agency also advises against the consumption of alcoholic drinks and red meat, processed cold meats, salt and salty foods.

Finally, it recommends that we exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, in order to limit weight gain and the risk of developing cancer.

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