One of AICR’s Recommendations for Cancer Prevention is that mothers breastfeed their babies, with research showing that being breastfed can help reduce future cancer risk by helping the baby stay a healthy weight as an adult. Now a recent study suggests a new way in which breastfeeding may offer protection from cancer as well as other diseases, finding that young adults who were breastfed have a lower risk of chronic inflammation compared to those not breastfed.
There is a growing body of research suggesting inflammation increases the risk of many chronic diseases, including some cancers. Overweight and obesity, a risk factor for eight cancers, may produce a low level state of chronic inflammation.
AICR also recommends breastfeeding because research suggests it protects mothers against breast cancer. With August being National Breastfeeding Month, the study adds another potential benefit to the many recognized positives of breastfeeding.
Study authors used data from almost 7,000 participants who were part of national study on adolescent health. Twenty years ago, the participants were teenagers going to middle and high school. They, and many of their parents were interviewed. Then in 2007-2008, when the participants were 24–32 years old, their levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured from a blood sample. CRP is a marker of inflammation. Continue reading
If you want to know how much sugar food manufacturers are adding to your foods, today’s your last day to tell the FDA. That could make a difference to how much added sugars people consume, suggests a recent study, which found that Americans are getting far more of our added sugars from sugary beverages than desserts or candy combined. And, for the most part, we are purchasing those sugary products from stores.
The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also found that almost 15 percent of Americans’ daily calories comes from sugars added to our foods or drinks.
For cancer prevention, cutting down on sugary beverages is one of AICR’s 10 recommendations. Sugary sodas and other beverages link to weight gain, and being overweight links to increased risk of eight cancers.
In an average American’s day, sodas and energy sports drinks was the largest source of added sugars, making up 34 percent. Grain desserts, such as cookies and other baked goods, was the next largest category coming in at 13 percent; fruit drinks, candy and dairy desserts followed, at 8, 7 and 6 percent, respectively.
In today’s Cancer Research Update, we have nine great book recommendations – all health related. But we had so many suggestions they all didn’t make the list.
Here’s a few more recommendations, from the professionals that couldn’t choose only one and from AICR staff. Thanks to all. And if you have a health-related book, please share.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
This book goes into how our digestion system works, from our saliva to gut bacteria. She’s an entertaining writer; she wrote a book called Stiff on cadavers, which is a fun read too.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall
The author tells the story of an isolated tribe’s great distance runners, who can run hundreds of miles without rest. This book will motivate any one at any fitness level to get out and run – you can’t help but be inspired by this story.
The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation by Mollie Katzen
The author of The Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie again provides recipes that help you take plant-focused eating from a “should” because it’s healthy to something so enjoyable, you are delighted to make vegetable-focused dishes the main focus of a meal. As a bonus, she includes a short section on stocking the kitchen with ingredients and tools that make healthful cooking easier.
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
This is a book on the history and culture of cookery. It discusses cooking methods and the science behind food. After reading this, if you’ve lost your way from cooking real whole foods at home, you’ll find yourself back in the kitchen! If not, you’ll increase your culinary mastery. Continue reading