Choose and prepare foods with less salt and sugar

Why limit salt intake?

While no evidence suggests that moderate salt consumption can increase your risk for cancer, many Americans consume salt in excess. Many pre-packaged and convenience foods contain extremely high levels of salt, which can increase your blood pressure and lead to cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke. For optimum health, it is advised to consume no more than 2400 milligrams of sodium per day, which is equal to just over a teaspoon.

Why limit sugar intake?

Refined sugars, such as those found in baked goods, candies, high-sugar sodas and juices are often called "empty calories." The reason for this is that these refined sugars provide us calories without giving us any other nutrients. In turn, these calories can turn into excess weight. Over time this excess weight may lead an individual to become obese, causing sugars to indirectly increase your risk of developing cancer.

Make room for all foods in your diet

If your favorite snack happens to be salty peanuts or sweet candy, allow yourself to indulge every once in a while. It is important to incorporate healthy eating and lifestyle tips in a way that allows you to do and eat the things you like. When you indulge every once in a while, rather than quite often, that favorite treat will be all-the-more enjoyable on those special occasions!