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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    Not meeting those diet recommendations? Here’s some help

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    A new study found that American adults have better diets compared to years past, which is good news for cancer prevention. People are eating more whole grains and drinking fewer sugary beverages, for example.

    Yet when looking at how our diets compare to what’s recommended, we actually have a long way to go (see chart). Here’s a few ways you can eat healthier – while eating a cancer-protective diet. Read more… “Not meeting those diet recommendations? Here’s some help”

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      Study, “Moderation” May Lead to Overeating

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      What do you think is a moderate amount of pizza? I would say 1-2 slices, but I can bet that my 20-year-old brother would say the whole pizza. Eating food in moderation has become a common piece of advice for weight-maintenance and weight-loss. Being a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer, after not smoking, according to AICR research.

      But, there is no set definition of moderation. It can vary from person to person, including the amount of food and how often to eat it. New research published in the journal Appetite looked at just that – how people define moderation and how that affects their eating habits. Read more… “Study, “Moderation” May Lead to Overeating”

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