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Myths about Cancer and Food

Posted 6/21/2016

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  The list is endless: sugar feeds cancer; coffee may cause cancer; eat enough broccoli and you can cure cancer. And what about vitamins and supplements? Are they good for us or are they a giant waste of money? How can you figure out what is accurate and what is completely erroneous and just a way for someone to try to make money?

  One good way to start would be to listen to this Podcast from Cancer Net. Here is the information about it and a link:

5 Myths About Cancer and Food, Explained by Dietitians
June 16, 2016 · Greg Guthrie, ASCO staff
Annette Goldberg, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN, is an Outpatient Oncology Dietitian at the Boston
Medical Center Cancer Care Center. Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDN, is a Registered
Dietitian and Epidemiologist, with a nutrition and research consulting business in Portland,

When it comes to food and cancer, there are countless myths out there. Some say that you
can prevent cancer by eating a certain food. But then, someone else will say that eating that
same food can increase your risk of cancer. So, which is it?
In this podcast, nutrition experts Annette Goldberg and Suzanne Dixon shed light on 5 popular
myths about cancer and food.
Juicing. Does all that homemade juice contain too much carbohydrate and sugar? Or will
all of those healthy nutrients help cure your ailments? The reality is somewhere in the middle. [2:08]
1. Soy and soybeans. Is soy good or bad for you if you have cancer? Does it cause or prevent cancer? The answer comes down to understanding what phytoestrogens are. [5:30]
2. Cancer diets. Is there a “right” diet for people with cancer? How about one to prevent cancer? What kinds of diets can increase your risk of cancer? What is this ketogenic diet that people are talking about? How you eat if you have cancer depends on your individual needs. [8:36]
3. Vitamins and mineral supplements. Is it safe to use vitamins and mineral supplements? Can they increase your cancer risk? Can they prevent cancer? You should talk with your doctor if you plan to take a supplement. Vitamins and mineral supplements are not regulated by the FDA. [18:30]
4. Sugar. Does it really “feed” or cause cancer? The answer lies in the complex way that our bodies create energy from food. [22:16]
5. This is a prerecorded audio podcast, and it can be listened to online or downloaded to your computer. For more information,
visit the Cancer.Net podcast page:

NOTE: I am giving you the link to the podcast home page. You need to scroll down a little to see this particular nutrition one, but there are many others, too, that may be of interest


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