Research clearly shows that obesity increases the risk of many cancers, including colorectal, postmenopausal breast and ovarian. Now a study published today finds that eating a diet likely packed with added sugar and fat — one relatively high in energy density — increases cancer risk among women only at a healthy weight.
The study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Previous research suggests that poor diets link with overweight and obesity so this study’s results were unexpected to the authors, yet it is one study that needs further research.
“This study’s findings add to the research on how dietary patterns affect cancer risk independent of weight,” said Alice Bender, MS, RDN, AICR Director of Nutrition Programs.
When you eat brown rice, oatmeal or 100% whole wheat bread, you know it’s 100% whole grains. Choose pizza, wheat bread, or a breakfast cereal however, and it’s not always clear if you’re getting a whole grain food.
Research shows that whole grains are an important part of a cancer preventive diet. AICR’s continuous update report on colorectal cancer found that foods containing fiber, such as whole grains, help lower risk for this cancer. And whole grains boost health in other ways, including promoting heart health.
But how much whole wheat or oats, for example, do you need in a bread or cereal to say it is a whole grain?
That’s the problem, say experts. There isn’t a global standard definition for what makes a whole grain food for food labeling. Some countries in Europe have their own distinct label guidelines for whole grain foods, and the US doesn’t have one at all, so now a group of scientists is working to find a common definition. Defining what a whole grain food is can help you can more easily identify and compare foods that contain whole grains. Read more… “What is a whole grain food? Researchers have an idea”
Only 40 percent of babies meet the global recommendations for breastfeeding, according to a report released today to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week.
As the analysis points out, there are many health benefits for breastfeeding – including cancer protection. AICR’s latest report found that breastfeeding lower the risk of breast cancer for mothers. Previous research suggests that babies who are breastfed are less likely to gain excess weight as they grow. Among adults, overweight and obesity increases the risk of 11 common cancers, including colorectal, ovarian and post-menopausal breast. Read more… “Reports highlight the lack – and cancer protective benefits – of breastfeeding”
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