You are what you eat. But apparently, it’s not just what you eat, but the ratio of what you eat that matters, according the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). AICR has developed The New American Plate to help teach Americans a smarter food ratio that may help decrease their risk for disease. While there’s no way to prevent cancer, you may lower your risk by following a healthy lifestyle, according to AICR’s reports on global research.
Here are some surprisingly simple tools for boosting your dietary health:
•2/3 is the magic ratio. AICR’s New American Plate says to aim for meals made up of 2/3 (or more) vegetables, fruits whole grains or beans and 1/3 (or less) animal protein.
•Maintain a healthy weight. Keeping your weight down is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer, according to numerous studies.
•Stay active. Regular exercise helps to improve total body wellness by lowering your risk for all diseases, not to mention curbing stress and boosting your mood.
•Love your plants. And we don’t mean the ones you water on your windowsill! Eating mostly plant-based foods, which are low in energy density—meaning they provide fewer calories per gram so you can eat larger portions—helps you stay full and maintain a healthy weight.
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