2018: A Year of Defining Diet Quality

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2018 may be seen as a Battle of the Diets year, as it also has been a year of growing interest in viewing diet “quality” through a different lens. Researchers and health professionals are moving beyond defining eating as healthful based on a particular component — such as sugar content, fat type, or organic certification – and increasingly paying attention to a broader consideration of what diet quality means.
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Go Pink AND Red

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As Breast Cancer Awareness month draws to a close, must we put away the pink ribbons as we start preparing our red ribbons to “Go Red” for heart health? Or what would it look like to “Go Pink AND Red” all year long? I touched on this while addressing fellow registered dietitian nutritionists at our premier national educational conference. I presented on translating the AICR recommendations for reducing cancer risk in the context of overall health. I am passionately committed to sharing the message that a healthful lifestyle will mean reducing risk of cancer AND risk of heart disease, so I was both thrilled and honored at this opportunity.
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In the News: Asparagus and Breast Cancer

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A recent study, published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, has attracted significant attention and created considerable confusion in recent weeks. The title of the study simply states “Asparagine bioavailability governs metastasis in a model of breast cancer.” As a scientist, when I read the study, the caveats implicit in this title are clear. The key words of caution regarding this study are “in a model of breast cancer.” This clearly indicates to the scientific community at least, that the authors are openly acknowledging that this study cannot be interpreted as directly translatable to human patients. However, less cautious interpretations of this study have led to extraordinary claims being made in the lay press and on social media. Read more… “In the News: Asparagus and Breast Cancer”