Diet - radicals and other oxidants (peroxides,...

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Diet Obesity is associated with cancer, particularly those of the colon, breast, and uterus. The risk of cancer is 55% greater in obese women and 33% greater in obese men. Diets high in fat are associated with cancer of the colon, prostate, and possibly the breast. Salt-Cured, Smoked, or Nitrite-Cured Foods Salt-cured or pickled foods cause cancers in the stomach and esophagus. Smoked foods such as ham and sausage contain carcinogens similar to those in tobacco smoke. Hot dogs and cold cuts contain nitrites, which are converted to nitrosamines. Antioxidants Free radicals organic ions with unpaired electrons. These molecules are destructive because they steal electrons from DNA and other molecules. Antioxidants are chemicals that destroy free
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Unformatted text preview: radicals and other oxidants (peroxides, superoxides), thus preventing mutation and other damage. Examples of Antioxidants Vitamin A is found in dark green, leafy vegetables, carrots, and some fruits. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits. In addition to its antioxidant properties, it also prevents the conversion of nitrates to a carcinogenic form called nitrosamines. Cabbage Family Cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, and cauliflower reduce risk of gastrointestinal and respiratory tract cancers. How to Eat to Prevent Cancer The Medical News Today website has a video on how to eat to prevent cancer. A link to the page containing the video is below. Scroll down to "How to Eat to Prevent Cancer."...
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course BIO BSC1010 taught by Professor Gwenhauner during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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