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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.

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.

Eight Ways to Take Care of Yourself and Your Cancer

Nutrition plays a pivotal role during treatment and recovery of cancer but maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge. Here are eight ways to take care of yourself and your cancer.

Starts and Stops for the New Year

It's a New Year! 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.

Separating Scams from Supplements

Boost your immune system! Re-Energize! The claims in the aisles of the healthfood store can get pretty lofty. All the bottles look the same, and they carry names that sound like comic book characters. But how do you know what all these pills can do for you? The bottom line is: You just don't know. That's why it's so important to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

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