What is a balanced diet and how it can help prevent cancer

Stories about various foods and diets linked to preventing cancer are often in the news, because there is a lot of research going into diet and cancer.  While no single food or supplement can prevent cancer from developing, research does show a link between eating certain food groups (rather than any specific foods) and a reduction in cancer risk.  This is why eating a healthy, balanced diet is thought to be one of the best way of lowering your risk of developing cancer.

Leading occupational health provider, Medigold Health, has put together this useful checklist about what makes up a balanced diet.

Balanced diet recommendations from Medigold Health

A balanced diet will contain:

✓ Five portions of fruit or vegetables a day

✓ Plenty of bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods – choose wholegrain varieties where possible as these contain more fibre

✓ Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein

✓ Some milk and dairy foods

✓ Just a small amount of foods and drinks high in fat or sugars

Eating a healthy balanced diet will help your body get all the nutrients it needs.

And, what about red and processed meats?

Meat is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. However evidence shows there is probably a link between eating red and processed meat and the risk of bowel cancer. People who eat a lot of these meats have a higher risk of getting bowel cancer than people who eat small amounts. Beef, pork and lamb are red meats. Processed meats include bacon, sausages, salami and ham.

Improving workplace health

Paying more attention to your diet is one key lifestyle change that can make a big difference to general health in the workplace. If your employees are looking after themselves well they are more likely to meet targets and less likely to take time off due to stress and anxiety.

Medigold Health are experts in helping businesses to improve workplace health through occupational health advice and support for employees and can help you put preventative measures in place so you can spot the warning signs are there before they become a bigger issue.

Contact Medigold Health today to find out how we can help improve the health of your staff.

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