Few American adults meet fruit and veggie goals, raising cancer risk

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A new study covering over 300,000 adults from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that few American adults meet the 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommendations for vegetables and fruit. Nationally, about 12% of adults eat enough fruit and a little more than 9% meet the vegetable goal.

AICR Research shows that eating a plant-based diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit can reduce risk for many cancers. The Dietary Guidelines also link a vegetable and fruit-heavy diet to a lower risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. They recommend 1.5 – 2 cups of fruits and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily for adults.

The CDC researchers found that women, those with higher income and adults 51 or older were more likely to eat enough vegetables. Hispanics, women and 31-50 year olds most often met the fruit goal.

There were large differences between states, with West Virginia showing the lowest intake of vegetables (5.8%) and fruit (7.3%) and DC showing highest fruit intake (15.5%) while highest vegetable consumption was reported in Alaska (12%). You can see the statistics for your state here. Read more… “Few American adults meet fruit and veggie goals, raising cancer risk”

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    Celebrating Diana Dyer, 20 years of healing inspiration, advice

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    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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      Whole grains: how much do you need for lower cancer risk?

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      AICR’s latest comprehensive update on colorectal cancer produced a delicious finding on how you can lower your risk for that disease. Simply swap out some refined grains, like white bread or white rice, for flavorful whole grain foods daily and you’ll create a more cancer-protective diet.

      In the report, scientists found strong evidence, for the first time, that eating 90 grams (about 3 ounces) of whole grain foods daily reduces risk for colorectal cancer by 17 percent. Fewer amounts of whole grains provided some – but less – protection; greater amounts offered even more.

      This may be due, the report says, to the many compounds in whole grain foods like fiber, vitamin E, selenium, lignans, phenols and others that have shown anti-cancer actions in lab studies.

      Read more… “Whole grains: how much do you need for lower cancer risk?”

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