Following our recent Q&A with nutritionist Diane Nicolas (read our previous Q&A with her here), we had another important question – or shall we say several mini-questions – to ask her.
Question: Some studies (not fully proven) have stated that certain foods play a role in raising the risk of developing cancer. Please let us know if the below food items are in fact linked or not:
(Yes = Linked, No = Not Linked)
1. Sugar: No, but gaining weight is linked to breast cancer.
2. Red Meat/Processed Meat (such as hot dogs and bacon): Yes, it contains food additives harmful to the body.
3. Vitamin D: No
4. Acidic Foods: No
5. Soy Sauce: In moderation, no.
6. Drinking from Plastic Bottles: If it’s a single use then no but if it’s repetitive then yes. We should not use the same bottle more than once.
7. Soda: If its only 1 can per day, then no.
8. Caffeine – Coffee, Tea and Chocolate: No, but of course we should eat chocolate in moderation because gaining weight can cause breast cancer.
9. Milk and Dairy Products: No, they are good. Even breast-feeding can decrease the risk of certain cancers for the baby when it grows up.
10. Alcohol (except Red Wine): In moderation it doesn’t cause breast cancer. Even red wine if you exceed in drinking it can be harmful. In general red wine is better than any other alcohol because it contains resveratrol which is an antioxidant that fights free radicals in our body . However, some studies (not fully proven) claim that red wine has no advantage on other alcohols.
11. Hydrogenated Oils/ Trans-Fat (in French fries for example): Yes, of course. If once a week it wouldn’t be harmful eating a very small amount of French fries (like 10 pieces), but it shouldn’t be consumed daily. Same thing goes on everything fried.
12. Doughnuts & Cookies: Yes, if abused due to the hydrogenated fat in them.
13. Avocados & Grapefruits: No, in fact they have a beneficial effect.
14. Salt: We must limit our consumption of salt for other reasons, such as hypertension, and sometimes during the breast cancer treatment it should be even less consumed, or stopped depending on the dose of the cortisone that the patient is taking during his/her treatment.
15. Salad Dressings: No, but we should always be careful about gaining weight and we should check for the source of the oil in it.
16. Skin from Poultry and Fish: As the skin from poultry contains fat, then yes, it is better to avoid it. But on the other hand, fish skin is very important because it contains Omega 3 which is very healthy so of course it is completely fine to eat it.
The consumption of over-fried (burnt) foods or any other foods that contain harmful additives should really be avoided.
On the other hand, the following are some healthy foods that may play a role in helping you reduce your risk of breast cancer:
- Broccoli and Cruciferous Vegetables
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
- Grapes and Grape Juice
- Green Tea
- Soy beans
- Soy milk
- Whole Grains
The Mediterranean diet contains all the foods mentioned above, so for example fattoush, makhlouta, spinach and rice, and stuffed vine leaves are all great recipes for your health.
To get in touch with Diane Nicolas for an appointment or other questions, feel free to email her on: firstname.lastname@example.org