FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Diet and Cancer: What We Know?

 

The association between diet and cancer has a long history. Back in the 1980’s, it was a “hot” topic but at that time it mostly involved the role of single nutrients, namely dietary fat and cancer risks.  In fact, my PhD dissertation investigated the difference in tumor incidence in the intake of two polyunsaturated fats on breast cancer in animals.

The results of this study and a subsequent follow-up study, showed that there were no significant differences in tumor formation in rats fed either corn oil (an omega-6 fat) or fish oil (menhaden oil), an omega-3 fat). Since then, further research has supported these findings.

Recently the research has centered more on the effects of dietary patterns (e.g. more fruits and vegetables and/or plant-based) on cancer incidence in human and animal studies. Some specific foods and factors have emerged as having an association (not causative) with cancer incidence.

The following article brings us up to date on what we actually know about the complex issues of diet and cancer at the present time.

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Ultra Processed Food?

 

Ultra processed foods have been suspect for quite some time in contributing to our obesity/diabetes epidemics? Recent studies support this hypothesis. This is not good news for the food industry that keeps on providing these foods for the U.S. food supply.

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Small Changes – Big Rewards?

Prevention ( big rewards) is best attained when the small changes are started early in life or even mid-life. This is just common sense. Nutrition works best with prevention, not as cures after the damage has already been done.

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The Human Diet

Does one size fit all?  It does if you are a Homo sapien which I assume we all are who might read this post.

The article also traces our dietary development from early recorded history – Paleolithic through Neolithic times to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions until we got to where we stand now – the Standard American Diet ( unaffectionately known as SAD)

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How to Eat (Most of the Time)

Do you feel guilty if you do not eat healthy foods? Most of us don’t but there are people who now comprise a group exhibiting a new eating disorder called orthorexia.

The following article by Mark Bittman may put this eating pattern in perspective. The Bottom Line? Enjoy food and make healthy choices (most of the time).

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What is the Ketotarian Diet?

 

Want to try a ketogenic diet without eating so much meat, bacon, and butter? Ketotarian means a low carbohydrate vegetarian approach – basically eating healthy carbs, limiting the starchy plant foods and refined carbs (potatoes, rice, pasta e.g.) and staying with the less starchy vegetables  like greens and cruciferous vegetables.

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