Ask The Dietitian: Get Your Facts Right on Fiber and Whole Grains

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During our recent webinar, there were nuanced questions on whole grains and fibers, and we were unable to get to them all. I will try to address some of the important questions that came up and I think deserve a fuller response. Why do nutritional messages about lowering cancer risk talk separately about fibers and whole grains? Doesn’t taking care of one automatically take care of the other? Which is more important to lower cancer risk – fiber or whole grains? Whole grains are an important source of dietary fiber, and both are linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer. So there is an overlap between the two. In other words, each offers distinctive benefits, and it is important to consider how you include each in your everyday eating habits.

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    Nutrition Score Analysis Shows AICR Recommendations Significantly Lower Cancer Risk

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    Healthy eating habits lower risk of cancer. Many studies confirm that a healthy pattern of eating and drinking is associated with a lower risk of cancer as well as reducing the risk of weight gain. But for many people, there is not enough clarity on what food choices really count as healthy eating for reducing cancer risk. A new study comparing different dietary recommendations concludes that a score based on following the AICR Recommendations provides a stronger link to lower cancer risk than scores based on general definitions of healthy eating.
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      Body Fatness, Weight Gain, and the Risk of Cancer

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      During their lifetime, one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. And second only to avoiding tobacco, current evidence says that maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life may be the most powerful thing you can do to reduce cancer risk. Research links excess body fat with greater risk of at least 12 different cancers. That includes some of the most common cancers, such as postmenopausal breast cancer and colorectal cancer, as well as advanced prostate cancer.
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