While no one food or diet can prevent or cause breast cancer, there are certain choices you can make to reduce your risk.
Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Being overweight can increase your risk for many chronic diseases, including breast cancer after menopause. Talk to your Clinical Dietitian Nutritionist, doctor, or nurse, if you’re interested in weight reduction.
Limit How Much Alcohol You Drink
Drinking more than 7 alcoholic drinks a week can raise your risk for getting breast cancer. If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. One drink equals:
- 12 ounces of beer
- 5 ounces of wine
- 1.5 ounces of liquor
Try these tips to limit how much alcohol you drink:
- Dilute alcoholic drinks with sparkling water.
- Save alcoholic drinks for special occasions, like birthdays or anniversaries.
- Try seltzer with lemon or unsweetened herbal teas.
Tips for Eating Healthy
Limit added sugars
Such as soft drinks and other sweetened drinks.
Limit refined carbohydrates
Such as baked goods, chips, and white bread.
Decrease portion sizes
Eat until you feel satisfied but not overly full.
Keep a food diary
Keep track of what you eat by writing it down.
Eat mostly a plant-based diet
Choose a variety of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and fiber-rich grains, such as whole wheat, oats, barley, and quinoa.
Limit processed and red meats
Such as bacon, hot dogs, deli meats, pepperoni, and ham.