Grocery Shopping and Cancer Prevention
Franciscan Health registered dietitian Jodi Blondell recently led a guided grocery shopping tour centered around cancer. On this tour Jodi offered tons of advice from recipes to how various food items can affect cancer, cancer symptoms and treatment. Here are just a few of the highlight take-aways from our grocery shopping tour.
- Processed red meats have been in the news lately because they have been recently put in the same cancer risk category as cigarettes and asbestos.
- Processed meat has been classified in the same category as causes of cancer such as tobacco smoking and asbestos (IARC Group 1, carcinogenic to humans).
- Red meat has been classified as Group 2A, probably carcinogenic to humans.
- Plums and other red/purple fruits and vegetables can reduce risk of colon cancer.
- Leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, and brussel sprouts have a powerful anti-cancer nutrient that may reduce risk for oral cancer.
- Quick tip recipe suggestion for adding leafy greens to a smoothie: pineapple, banana and kale.
- Garlic has shown an association with reduced risk of certain cancers including stomach, colon, pancreas and breast.
- Watch out for pre-made smoothies. Often times the serving size is misleading and the sugars are very high compared to the amount of sugar in frozen or fresh fruit that you could pop in the blender to make your own smoothie.
- There were 10 grams of sugar in a bag of frozen mixed berries we grabbed versus 61 grams of sugar in the Naked brand (pre-made) smoothie we looked at.
- No shown benefits to gluten free foods in relation to cancer without a diagnosis of celiac disease.
- Something like trail mix is a really good, easy snack, because it is high in protein and healthy fats.
- Stay away from sushi and uncooked fish during treatments. This can be unsafe.
- Many teas have antioxidants in them that can be very helpful.
- Ginger Tea: Ginger has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, which can benefit a cancer patient. It can also help with a variety of symptoms, such as nausea and indigestion.