Bowel cancer is fast becoming one of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest killers, and is already Australia’s second leading cause of cancer death. Reports are also emerging that the incidence of the disease in young people is becoming more common, especially in those aged under 35.
It’s important to learn more about preventing the disease and, along with regular screening, learning to recognise symptoms, and maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet is one of the easiest and best approaches you can take to prevention. Diets high in fat and cholesterol have been linked to an increased incidence of colon cancer, but diets high in fibre show a protective effect. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains will ensure you get enough fibre into your diet and eliminating red meat will reduce saturated fats. To help, we’ve compile our top five recipes for gut health.
Carrots are naturally high in fibre, and their nutritional values actually increase on cooking. With its delicious walnut pastry, this appetising carrot pie is sure to bring a cheerful start to a wintry week.
Diets high in saturated fats have been linked to increased incidence of bowel cancer. This recipe replaces the traditional red meat burger with tofu, a perfect substitute for meat in classic dishes ranging from burgers to cheesy bakes.
CHORIZO AND LENTIL BRAISE
Adding lentils to your diet is a great way to lower cholesterol and introduce more fibre. Topped with slices of spicy, smoky chorizo sausage, this quick and easy lentil dish will sate even the largest appetite.
CELERIAC AND APPLE SOUP WITH PARMESAN CHIPS
We all know the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and one reason is that apples are one of nature’s sources of fibre. Introduce more into your diet with this tasty recipe for apple and celeriac soup.
CHARGRILLED CHICKEN WITH GRAPEFRUIT MARMALADE
If you’re not ready to eliminate meat from your diet entirely, utilising more chicken and fish, which are lower in saturated fats, will not only benefit your gut, but your heart too.