Health September 1, 2011
New research indicates diet plays a big role in staying cancer-free.
This October marks the 27th year of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you aren’t aware of breast cancer by now, you’ve been living under a rock, but it’s still a great opportunity to get up to speed on new research on this all-too common disease.
Just in: A recent study in Sweden suggests that women who consume foods with a high glycemic index (meaning that they spike your blood glucose and insulin levels), have a higher risk for breast cancer.Foods rich in carbohydrates are likely to have a high-glycemic load, but that doesn’t mean you should rule out bread altogether. You just have to be choosy. “Select whole, unprocessed foods, like breads with 100 percent whole grains,” says Stella Metsovas B.S., C.N. of W8Less Nutrition in Laguna Beach, CA, “and make sure you’re always getting in some protein and monounsaturated fats with every snack and meal.”Researchers came up with a formula to calculate the glycemic load for each food, but Metsovas says there’s no need to worry about the math. “An optimal dietary intake shouldn’t rely on numbers when selecting what foods are best to consume,” she says. Instead, she says, steer clear of obvious culprits like white pasta and bread, and stock up on fruits and vegetables for long-term health.
Walk It Off
Want to do your part? Sign up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Oct. 22. Registration is $35 for an untimed adult. Go to www.komenknoxville.org for more information.