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The Diet That is Aimed at Reducing Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

Whenever we hear about any new study that shows encouraging evidence for fighting back against a disease such as breast cancer, many of us understandably get more than a little excited. Our health is very important to us whether we realize it or not; without it, we can't really accomplish much in our lives.

Now, before I go on with this post, it is important to remember that there is no way to cure or prevent breast cancer; this information is merely meant to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle that can reduce your risk of developing diseases and illnesses such as breast cancer. I read about the latest findings on this issue from an informative article by USA Today, and I am glad to share what I learned from the article here with you now.

So which diet is the magic one? It turns out that the Mediterranean diet is showing positive results when it comes to reducing breast cancer rates in populations. If you haven't already heard about it, the Mediterranean diet has long been praised by scientists, nutritionists, and doctors alike for its wonderful health benefits. This diet is primarily followed in - where else? - the populations of people that are near the Mediterranean Sea. This dietary plan is high in whole grains, healthy fats, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Olive oil, salmon, and legumes are just a few of the more common staple ingredients that make up the average Mediterranean diet. These are all healthy whole foods which is great for providing the body with important nutrients, but it is what the diet is lacking that really makes it so healthy. The Mediterranean diet involves very little consumption of red meats, sugars, and processed foods. Not only does this greatly reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, but this diet is also known to lower the chance of a person developing other potentially very harmful diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even dementia. 

Even if you aren't ready to switch completely to this dietary plan right away, you may want to at least consider adding some Mediterranean inspiration into your diet. Use olive oil to cook, and eat fish at least once a week to get plenty of healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for promoting brain and heart health. Also do your best to stick to whole foods that are minimally processed if at all.

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