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Does Diet Really Matter in Preventing Breast Cancer?
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Hey, guys, what’s up? Yuri here. Welcome to another episode of the Super Nutrition Academy Health Class. Today we are going to be discussing whether diet really matters in breast cancer. You might be surprised by the answers…or maybe not.
Let’s get right into this. I’m bringing this up because this was a common question that was asked on CNN.com, so I thought I would bring this information to the forefront. This is actually one of the occasions where, you know what, they were kind of on the ball. They were pretty bang-on with this one.
The question was: Does diet really make a difference when it comes to breast cancer? What they said was that the answer is a resounding yes, which is pretty cool, right? This is actually coming from registered dieticians, which is awesome, right? It restores some faith in those different practitioners, which is always a nice thing.
They go on to explain in the article that breast cancer can be reduced or the risk of breast cancer can be decreased by up to 38 percent through lifestyle factors, including maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. Less than 10 percent of breast cancer appears to have a genetic basis.
I’ve mentioned this before. Let’s please not use genes as an excuse for disease, okay? Yes, there’s a component to it, but I believe what’s more important is our environment and our choices. So, here’re some examples of dietary recommendations you would want to employ for preventing breast cancer. First of all, limit alcohol to one drink a day or less. You don’t have to have one drink a day. That’s no more than one drink a day. And that’s one of the most important things you can do.
In addition—and this is pretty cool coming on CNN.com from a dietitian—a plant-based diet loaded with at least two cups a day of a variety of produce is beneficial. Again, this is what they said in this article on CNN. I’m thinking, okay, this is pretty good. Now we’re starting to make some basic recommendations that we’ve known in the alternative space for a long time and the holistic space for a long time and now, finally, it’s coming to the forefront in a big way, at least on CNN.com.
Here’s another really cool thing. I really actually enjoy this article because I’m like, damn, they’re bang-on with this. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, this is what they said. I quote: “No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself, but scientists believe that the combination of foods in a predominantly plant-based diet may. There is evidence that the minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals in plant foods could interact in ways that boost their individual anticancer effects. This concept of interaction where 1+1=3 is called synergy.”
This is what I’ve been saying forever, and this is why you will not hear me write about or talk about the five foods that fight cancer or the top five foods that boost your energy, because that is all BS. There is no single food that is going to give you more energy. There’s no single food that’s going to help you lose weight. There’s no single food that is going to prevent cancer. Nothing, no single food will override the overall synergy of your diet. Never forget that. I thought this was incredible; such a great quote from the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Having said they, they do include foods—and we’ve mentioned these before, so I’ll just mention the ones that they talk about here. For preventing cancer—and again, it’s not one of these foods; it’s a combination of these foods—beans; berries; cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, we know that they are very powerful for preventing cancer; dark, leafy-green vegetables, like spinach, kale, Swiss chard, romaine, mustard greens; flaxseed; garlic; grapes; grape juice; green tea; they do mention soy, which I don’t agree with; tomatoes; and whole grains—I don’t think we need whole grains for preventing cancer; and walnuts as well.
They also go on to talk about how there’s a growing body of research suggesting that curcumin, one of the active components of curry, plays an important role in the treatment and prevention of various types of cancer, including breast cancer. Not only that, we’ve talked about—I think I’ve talked about this here in the podcast or at least somewhere else—how curcumin or turmeric, which they kind of go hand in hand, is not only effective for preventing cancer, but it’s very, very anti-inflammatory in the body. It’s actually one of the best spices to add into your diet on a regular basis because of its protective effects on your brain, preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It’s awesome. Some risk factors for developing breast cancer. Being overweight is strongly associated with the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Just to give you some examples, adult weight gain of 22 to 44 pounds is associated with 50 percent greater risk of breast cancer, and a weight gain of about 45 pounds is associated with an 87 percent increased risk of breast cancer.
Keep your weight under control. If you’re fat, believe me, you’re at risk for everything, not just diabetes. It’s everything. That really is the gist of the article, but I wanted to bring that to your attention because I thought we’re finally getting some decent information out there that is not completely ridiculous, and it’s actually serving people in a very healthy manner.
We’ll keep this podcast short because what else can we possibly say? I can continue to talk about the same things and say eat more fruits and vegetables, eat more of a plant-based diet, and we can continue to use examples like the ones I just showed you with respect to breast cancer. I guess the one message I do really want to get across is that your health is in your hands. Please do not use genes, genetics as an excuse.
I understand that there’s obviously a small percentage of cases where, in whatever disease there’s always a genetic component. It’s always the most insignificant portion of why the disease might come about in the first place. Just because your parents had certain diseases doesn’t mean you’re going to have certain diseases. Just because they’re healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be healthy if your lifestyle is a disaster.
You always have to understand that you are responsible for your health. Take 100 percent responsibility for it. I think that’s one of the most important lessons we can all learn as we move through this journey.
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