DR VIMALATHITHAN

Consultant Surgical Oncologist & HIPEC Specialist

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FACTS ABOUT DIETARY MYTHS AND CANCER

FACTS ABOUT DIETARY MYTHS AND CANCER

February 26, 2020

Whenever you turn on the news, browse the web, new study is being conducted on which food

 is good (or bad) for your health. Many focus on foods that prevent cancer, cancer or the cancer of fuel.

“With so much information out there about diet, my patients are often confused, overwhelmed and sometimes misinformed about healthy eating,” says Dr Vimalathithan, Surgical Oncologist in India .

We asked Dr to talk about some of the most common food and diet myths. He replied – Striving for the perfect anti-cancer diet can be stressful. We say SIMPLIFY.  And, no single food is going to dramatically change your path to wellness. However, one thing about myths is that they are interesting. Let us examine some common myths concerning diet and cancer and then we decide which can be followed and which should not.

Here are the top food myths.

MYTH: SUGAR FEEDS CANCER

The cells in our bodies use energy from sugar (glucose). Cancer cells grow faster than usual and need a lot of energy, so sugar feeds cancer cells. However, there is no strong evidence that removing sugar from your diet can prevent cancer or stop the development of cancer cells. However, we do know that too many sugary foods in the diet could lead to weight gain, and there is strong evidence that overweight or obesity increases the risk of a number of different types of cancer.

 

 

MYTH: AN ACIDIC ENVIRONMENT PROMOTES CANCER

Based on the theory that the acidic environment is toxic to the body and increases the risk of cancer while the alkaline environment is protective. However, good quality evidence shows that your kidneys maintain the pH of your blood within a very narrow range, regardless of diet. Any extra acid or alkali is removed through urine, so all you need to change is the pH of this waste product. Altering the human body’s cell environment to create a less acidic, less cancer-friendly environment is virtually impossible “(American Institute of Cancer Research)

MYTH: Can eating organic food reduce my cancer risk?

It doesn’t necessarily. Bio is a sort of agriculture. It promotes the conservation of water and soil, as well as the reduction of pollution. However, organic still allow farmers to use more natural-based pesticides and/or fertilizers.
Currently, the effect of consuming more organic food from non-organic is unknown. Therefore, there isn’t enough evidence to recommend whether you seek out or avoid organic foods.

Insufficient evidence that organic foods are more cancer-protective. Organic foods may contain slightly high levels of antioxidants that indirectly boost your immunity against cancer.

Whether or not your product is organic, make sure that you wash all products well with cold 

water before consuming to help reduce the consumption of pesticides and bacteria.

 

MYTH: Supplements: To take or not to take?

People with cancer need a lot of vitamins and minerals to help fight inflammation in the body and to protect against cancer. There may be times when someone may need to take cancer supplements, but the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommends not relying on them. Supplements are just that— a supplement to the diet. They are not a substitute for whole foods in the diet, and most research shows that vitamins and minerals are better absorbed from whole foods in the diet. In addition to the diet, additives are just that. intense supplements may be potentially harmful. The FDA does not regulate the Food and Drug Administration of supplements

MYTH: Should I become a vegetarian to lower my risk of cancer?

There is no evidence that fish or magnetic poultry are linked to an increased risk of cancer, so we do not propose to reduce the risk of cancer by cutting off meat and other animal products. Instead, a balanced diet containing a lot of grains, pulses, fruit and vegetables and limiting the consumption of red meat to a maximum of three parts (350-500 g of cooked weight) per week is recommended. We know, but vegetarian diets can also be healthy, providing nutritional balance. Meat and fish provide an important source of nutrients as part of a balanced and healthy diet.

We suggest that you follow 3/4 by filling your plate with herbal food, and 1/4 or less with animal food such as meat,

 fish and dairy products, as well as alternatives such as panners.

MYTH: Will eating ‘superfoods’ prevent cancer?

The term ‘ superfood’ is often used to refer to food containing’ superpower’ for health, ranging from bleach, broccoli to green tea. That said, some compounds found in foods that have been labelled with this term, such as antioxidants in fruits and vegetables or curcumin in turmeric, have been shown to affect cancer cells in lab studies.] However, the compounds tested in a lab are often in a different form or dose to how we eat them in the diet, so we need considerably more research to investigate any potential links. Including a variety of foods in a healthy, balanced diet is key to good health.

 

Conclusion

While there is no evidence that cancer can be cured through diet while you are thinking that changing your diet, or cutting a nutrient, is carcinoma therapy. What there is evidence for is that being a healthy weight and physically active, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and pulses and limiting red / processed meat, salt and alcohol can reduce your risk.

 

SIMPLE SOLUTION: THE PLATE METHOD:

Dr. VIMALATHITHAN, Oncologist says
Divide your plate into four quarters and fill it with:
• 1/2 fruits and vegetables
• 1/4 carbs
• 1/4 lean protein