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Questions and Answers from a Nuritionist

Posted 11/25/2016

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  Maybe this would have been more appropriate the day before rather than the day after Thanksgiving, but this is a very good article about FAQs for a nutritionist/dietitian. And I think I am just as happy not to have any additional food tips before yesterday's delicious meal. Everyone here is still in a semi food coma, and it was all wondrful.

  From AICR: Straight from a Nutrition Conference, What Dietitians Get
Asked the Most

Soy, genetically modified foods and processed meats are among the top questions that nutrition experts get asked about, according to what many of them shared with AICR this week at one of the world’s largest annual meetings of food and nutrition professionals. The Food & Nutrition
Conference and Expo, hosted thousands of dietitians and other experts looking for the latest research. Here,we’re answering some of their most frequent questions.
Q: Does soy increase breast cancer risk?
Evidence suggests tofu and other soy foods consumed in moderate amounts does not increase breast cancer risk - or risk of other cancers. There is no evidence to suggest these foods are harmful. There is even some emerging evidence that eating foods containing soy may improve survival
after breast cancer. More research is needed before AICR can offer any recommendation on eating foods containing soy for cancer prevention, however the soybean, a legume, is part of a healthy plant-based diet.
Q: Alcohol - good or bad for cancer risk, my health?
A: Research shows that even small amounts of alcohol – on a regular basis – increase the risk of breast cancers. Regular alcohol intake also increases risk of other cancers, including mouth and esophageal. Risk increases with higher amounts. Alcohol or ethanol is a carcinogen, which
could damage DNA and increase levels of hormones that fuel cancer. AICR recommends that for women who do drink, limit the amount to one glass a day.
It’s possible that small amounts of alcohol may play a role in heart health, but this research is ongoing and the American Heart Association cautions that if you do not drink, don’t start. For those women who do drink, limit your intake to no more than a drink a day.
Q: Does sugar fuel cancer growth?
A: There is no strong evidence to directly link sugar to increased cancer risk. Yet foods high in added sugar also tend be high in fat and calories, without the many nutrients that can help lower cancer risk. Eating high-calorie foods too often or in large amounts can lead to weight gain, and there is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of 11 cancers. That is why AICR recommends eating a healthy diet that is rich in nutritious and filling foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruit and beans.

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