Research news and views on preventing and surviving cancer
Author: Alice RD
Alice G. Bender, MS, RDN, is the Director of Nutrition Programs at AICR. She helps put the science of cancer prevention by providing tips and tools to choose nutritious and delicious foods. Alice has guided thousands of individuals to healthier lives through diet changes and choices.
Last week AICR joined the centennial celebration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the US organization for food and nutrition professionals – at their annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. We shared AICR’s cancer prevention research and education and chatted with hundreds of dietitians.
We also attended scientific sessions and heard some of the latest research on food and nutrition and health. Here’s a brief round-up from a few sessions focused on cancer:
Intermittent Fasting, Health and Cancer
Intermittent fasting means alternating one or more normal eating days with at least one day of fasting and is a hot topic in health research. Here researchers presented evidence on overnight fasts of at least 13 hours and how that might affect weight, metabolic health and perhaps cancer risk, including these 2 studies: Read more… “Nutrition research round-up: News from food, nutrition conference”
You’ve committed to eat healthier and reduce cancer risk by following a plant-based diet – congrats! But if you’ve been looking for a good plan and are confused about what a plant-based diet looks like, you’re not alone. Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, flexitarian – what exactly is a plant-based diet?
Plant-based diet is a pretty generic term, interpreted many different ways. In it’s broadest definition, a plant-based diet is a diet built around a plate filled with mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. However it is defined, researchers, dietitians and other health care professionals widely agree that a plant-based diet offers powerful health benefits, including lower risk for cancer and many other chronic diseases. AICR evidence shows that eating whole grains, vegetables and other plant foods contribute to cancer protection. Choosing a diet that puts plant foods first also helps support a healthy weight – the most important lifestyle factor for reducing cancer risk, other than not smoking. Read more… “What is a plant-based diet? AICR’s take”
You’ve likely searched online and found – relatively easily – evidence-based advice and resources about nutrition and cancer. But even just 20 years ago there was sparse evidence and little focus on nutrition and cancer. And for cancer patients, it was almost impossible to access reliable food advice to help them through treatment and recovery.
In 1997, dietitian and three-time cancer survivor Diana Dyer shared her journey of healing – focused on food and nutrition – with a Detroit newspaper. The day the article appeared Diana began receiving hundreds of inquiries from around the world asking for help and advice. She responded with a book about her recovery journey, weaving in her nutrition expertise which included practical tips for a healing diet. Read more… “Celebrating Diana Dyer, 20 years of healing inspiration, advice”
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