Nutrition

The Facts on Fiber

Fiber is found in plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc). Fiber is the part of the plant that our bodies CANNOT digest. That means, our bodies don't break down fiber and don't use it for energy or calories.

Food for Thought

Being overweight is a very common and very serious health problem in the United States. Individuals with a Body Mass Index of more than 25 are at higher risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke and many other diseases.

Taste Test

Eating can be a major issue when you have cancer. Sometimes food doesn't taste good. Sometimes you’re simply not hungry. And, sometimes food makes you feel even sicker than before you ate. Registered dietitians at the U-M Cancer Center delivered a unique presentation to cancer care providers recently. In addition to offering valuable information on the importance of nutrition during cancer care, our dietitians let them taste for themselves the many different varieties of liquid nutritional supplements available to patients who don't feel much like eating.

Starts and Stops for 2014

It's 2014! Why not start the year with lifestyle changes to improve your health during and after cancer treatment? To keep it simple, we created a list: 5 habits to start and 4 to stop. Taking one change at a time will improve your odds for success. Give yourself a month for each goal to allow it to become a habit before trying the next on the list.

Fads Fade Fast But Healthy Eating Sticks

People look to food for all kinds of answers: to help them lose weight, to brighten their mood, to stop cancer. It's important to remember, though, that food is just that: food. It's not medicine, and although scientists are working hard to understand the chemical properties that make some foods healthier than others, the best thing to do is to keep your eye on the broader picture.

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