The American Cancer Society states that the Global Perspective has found that 30-40 percent of cancers can be linked to diet. Some people avoid eating a cancer preventing diet by using the excuse… “Everything we eat causes cancer”. That really isn’t a true statement. There are many foods that can be included in the diet that will help prevent cancer. Having a varied diet that plant-based will help prevent cancer. Plant based foods include the following:
Of course diet alone will not prevent cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly will also help prevent some cancers.
How does eating Italian fit into a diet designed to prevent cancer? Italian food has many plant-based dishes and the sauces are full of plant-based ingredients. One example is Italian tomato sauce (aka spaghetti sauce) that is used for a base for many Italian dishes. Tomato sauces not only have tomatoes, but may also have spinach, peppers, and onions. There are many herbs in an Italian tomato sauce to give the sauce flavor. Italian tomato sauce is often served over pasta, which is made from grain so it also fits into a cancer preventing diet. Some of the Italian dishes that are plant based and can be included in a cancer prevention diets:
- Egg Plant parmesan
- Stuffed shells
Many Italian sauces and Italian dishes that include meat can be made without meat (vegetarian) to be a healthier meal choice. Extra vegetable can be added to any Italian sauce to add variety and add more cancer preventing ingredients. Also, though it will change the taste, tofu can be used instead of ricotta cheese. Another variation to make Italian food even healthier is to use pastas that are made with whole grains.
Homemade Italian food will not need preservatives and chemicals, so it will be a healthy addition to any diet. Not everyone has the time or skills to prepare and cook Italian food, so they will need to find a good Italian restaurant near their home. For those who live in the Miami or Davis, Florida area, Italian food can be enjoyed at Mama Jennie’s Italian Restaurant. It can be eaten in their Italian restaurant or ordered as take out to eat at home.