One of the most common questions we get here at AICR is about sugar. And it can be confusing. The overall body of evidence suggests that sugar’s link to cancer risk is an indirect one: diets high in sugar can lead to obesity, and excess body fat is a cause of ten different cancers.
But now comes a study performed in mice that is getting a lot of media attention. It suggests a more direct link between sugar consumption and breast cancer development. Published in Cancer Research, the study is interesting, says AICR Vice President of Research Susan Higginbotham, PhD, RD, “but it’s important to recognize, that this is a single study and it is testing diets in mice, not in people.”
“Our reports, which have reviewed thousands of studies on diet and cancer, have found no evidence that sugar or added sugar directly causes cancer in humans. “We recommend limiting energy-dense foods and avoiding sugary drinks, but current evidence suggests it is not necessary to avoid sugar altogether.”
Last week we highlighted 10 Unique Gifts for Good Health to help your loved ones find creative ways to move more and eat smart — which will help them lower their risk for cancer. Most ideas were for adults, but the holidays are a lot about kids. And developing healthy habits during childhood can help kids stay lean as adults, which will reduce their risk of adult cancers.
Here, we asked the experts and health enthusiasts for gift ideas that will have kids excited, engaged, AND help their health:
The Gift of Music. Dancing is a great way to be physically active for cancer prevention. Artists like the Singing Lizard are making tunes that both kids and adults can enjoy. So, get the music going, put on your dancing shoes and get the party started.
2. Garden Kits. Encourage healthy eating habits by having kids grow their own vegetables and fruits. Growums garden kits are specially designed for kids with easy to follow instructions and a website full of interactive games. With kits like “Stir-Fry Garden” and “Pizza Garden” kids are sure to dig these gifts.
Last Friday, a new study prompted headlines proclaiming that eating away from home and eating fast food may not link to obesity. Today, we’re hearing about a study from a scientific meeting showing that eating more homemade meals links to lower risk for type 2 diabetes.
Both obesity and type 2 diabetes link to many common cancers, including colorectal, liver and postmenopausal breast. But with seemingly contradictory take-aways, you may be left wondering – does it really matter where and what I eat?