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Cancer can happen by multiple disorders due to different factors such as environmental,
habits, lifestyle, food, etc. 80–90% of all cancers are due to the environmental factors
and among them, 30–40% of cancers are directly related to our diet and what we eat.
Since decades ago, researches have been trying to invent an appropriate therapeutic diet
to control cancer, yet the phenomenon remains unclear as there was no proper evidence
on which diet would support the carcinogens, and which diet doesn’t.
There were many dietary recommendations proposed to cut down the risk of cancer.
The primary dietary factors that increase cancer risk are obesity, and alcohol consumption
associated with lower amount of fruits and vegetables. Studies have proved that the
consumption of processed meat would increase the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer,
and pancreatic cancer. Ketogenic is an advanced introduction here.
What is Ketogenic diet?
Cancer cells are fed and love sugar or glucose. Thus if one stops eating carbohydrates which they are then converted to glucose in
body, cancer cells may eventually get upset and destroyed. Cutting carbohydrates in diet could be a very effective way to combat
cancerous cells. Cancer cells can survive only on glucose. However, other normal body cells can live on either glucose OR ketone.
In other words, normal cells have the flexibility to live on either glucose or ketone. But cancer cells do not have that flexibility and
use only glucose to survive.
Ketogenic diet has almost zero carbohydrate, and they are mainly natural proteins and fat. In general, there is no sugar, no salt, no
trash or fast food, no processed food such as hot dogs and cold cut (because carbohydrate are added to them) in ketogenic diet.
Natural fats such as avocado, coconut, olive oil, nuts, and even some butters are good and healthy for one. In ketogenic diet, one
needs to avoid trans fats such as margarine which are man made or processed, carbohydrates such as candies, cakes, whipped
cream, ice cream, breads, pastas, flours, and donuts. Eating too much carbohydrates can also cause inflammation in body.
Typical American diet usually includes 60% carbohydrates. It is recommended to go moderate by eating 25% carbohydrates in
ones diet to prevent cancer, and be on strict ketogenic diet to combat cancer cells. Always consult with your doctor or
nutritionist for your regular diet!