The Wonder Bug: Probiotics

Whether you're a healthy person looking to reduce cancer risk or a patient in treatment experiencing diarrhea, probiotics could be your wonder bug. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help ferment, decompose and digest the food we eat. They keep disease-causing bacteria in check and play a role in immune health.

Weigh No More

Cigarette smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer, but it also increases the risk of many other cancers throughout the body, as well as heart disease and diabetes. If the fear of weight gain is holding you back from quitting, fear no more. The following strategies will help control weight gain and potentially increase your success.

Detox Diets and Cleansing Trends

Perhaps you have been thinking about trying a detox or cleansing diet. Is there any evidence these diets are beneficial? That depends.

Plant-Based Diets: Why all the hype?

Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat or foods to avoid, start including more whole grains and legumes in your diet and, in turn, decrease your risk of cancer and improve your health.

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.

Tips for Buying Superfoods and Prepping Veggies

Supplemental information from the article "Vegetables Pack a Punch," this article offers tips on superfoods such as cauliflower, squash, broccoli and other green, leafy vegetables.

Vegetables Pack a Powerful Punch Against Cancer

The concept of superfoods is new but gaining momentum: a Google search results in 4.5 million hits. While there isn't a formal definition, it is considered a low-calorie, high-nutrient food rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that promote good health.

The Latest on Food for Cancer Prevention

The media is ripe with new ways to prevent cancer through "super" foods, but often these recommendations are based on a single promising study and lack sufficient evidence to support the claims with confidence. A recent article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition released diet recommendations for the prevention of cancer based on a review of many studies.

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.