Diet and Cancer


Anchor lead: A plant based diet may be best for reducing one’s risk of cancer, Elizabeth Tracey reports

Cancer risk may be decreased by consuming a diet largely based on plants, the American Cancer Society has affirmed in their most recent guidelines for reducing one’s risk of cancer. William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says they also point out what to avoid eating.

Nelson: Diet, they were all over a pretty healthy diet before, really emphasizing plant foods. They think that should be a pattern you eat at all ages so you can build a pattern of dietary consumption. And they like a variety of vegetables, particularly dark green, red, orange, beans, peas, fruits and whole grains, and they really would like people to not eat as much red and processed meat, sugar sweetened beverages and highly processed foods and refined grain products. :27

Nelson notes that such a diet also reduces obesity and cardiovascular risk, as well as promoting longevity. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.