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Whole Foods Nutrition

Our goal at the EASE Cancer Foundation is to assist in educating cancer survivors about the relationships between diet and increased cancer risk, energy and fatigue, plus diet and weight management. Understanding optimal food choices is key to a healthy diet.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) notes that there isn't a food or food component, which can protect against cancer. However, scientists believe that the combination of foods in a predominantly plant-based diet may. There is a growing body of evidence that vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in plant foods may interact in ways that boost their individual anti-cancer effects (AICR, 2011).

Poor dietary habits may promote weight gain and obesity. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans are low in calorie-density and protect against weight gain. Excess body fat has been associated with the development of many chronic diseases including cancer. "Women who are obese after menopause have a 50% higher relative risk of breast cancer. Obese men have a 40% higher relative risk of colon cancer." Also, death rates for obese cancer patients are 52% higher for men and 62% higher for women than cancer patients of normal weight (NEJM 348:1625-1638, 2003). Eating a predominantly plant based diet can aid in preventing weight gain and may protect against cancers associated with increased risk by higher body fat (AICR, 2011).

Our nutrition courses empower those living with and surviving cancer to understand how to make a beneficial eating plan, which may reduce the risk of cancer reoccurrence.

Our sincere hope is that you -- or someone you care about -- will be able to benefit from this information. If interested in workshops, see our Events page, or Contact Us.

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