Can Pasta Help with a healthy weight – and cancer prevention?

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The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend the Mediterranean Diet as one way to eat healthfully. Yet pasta, a common food in this diet, is often seen as packing on the pounds. So scientists in Italy wanted to see if they could tease apart how pasta, as part of the Mediterranean diet, may affect a person’s weight and body shape.

That’s important for cancer risk, because understanding how the food you and your family eat every day affects weight is one important key to lower risk. AICR’s evidence shows that having too much body fat links to higher risk for eleven types of cancer, including colorectal, liver and postmenopausal breast.

In this study, researchers used data from two large studies in Italy to see if  people’s pasta eating linked to their weight and waist size. Read more… “Can Pasta Help with a healthy weight – and cancer prevention?”

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    Study: Whole Grains Link to Less Death From Cancer, Heart Disease

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    A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or a sandwich made with whole wheat bread can help boost your health many ways, including lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy gut. Now, according to new research, those foods and other whole grains may also help you live longer.

    Published in the journal Circulation, the paper included 14 studies totaling over 786,000 participants, most from the US with a few from Scandinavia and the UK. All studies had gathered information on how many whole grain foods the participants ate – through questionnaires or food records.

    The researchers first compared those who ate the most whole grains to the lowest whole grain eaters and found a 12 percent lower risk of dying from cancer among the highest whole grain eating group. For cardiovascular (CVD) death, risk reduced by 18 percent and for any cause of death, there was 16 percent lower risk. Read more… “Study: Whole Grains Link to Less Death From Cancer, Heart Disease”

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      Study: Prepackaged Meals May Spur More Weight Loss

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      With many Americans trying to get to or stay a healthy weight, it’s important to find evidence-based strategies that help people lose weight not only in the short term, but that are also realistic to follow long-term to keep the weight off. That’s important for cancer prevention, because with AICR’s latest report on stomach cancer, we now know that obesity is linked to increased risk for 11 cancers, including colorectal, endometrial and kidney.

      A new study published in Obesity last week, found that in a 12-week weight loss program, people randomized to receive portion-controlled and prepackaged foods lost more weight compared to those who selected their own diet. Of the 183 participants, all overweight or obese, 139 received portion controlled, prepackaged lunch and dinner Lean Cuisine frozen entrees, and 45 selected their own foods based on the diet prescription given to both groups.

      Both groups successfully lost weight, but the group receiving preportioned foods lost more than 8% (18 lbs on average ) of their weight compared to 6% (13 lbs on average) weight loss in the control group. The prepackaged meals group also had lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides than the control group.

      Read more… “Study: Prepackaged Meals May Spur More Weight Loss”

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