For the Love of Food

by | May 2, 2014
For The Love of Food

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

I was traveling last week so included 15 links today instead of the usual 10 in order to catch up.

This week vegetables don’t protect against cancer, how food tricks our brains, and the magic of Mondays.

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2 Responses to “For the Love of Food”

  1. Carry says:

    I completely disagree with your assessment of the Apple a Day article in the NYT. I offer the following not in a mean spirit, but to open dialogue.

    The author of the NYT article commented on the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, at which the prominent nutritional epidemiologist, Walter Willett, of the Harvard School of Public Health, spoke on diet and cancer. Dr. Willett did not say that diet didn’t matter for cancer. He said that the research “has turned out to be more complex and challenging than any of us expected.” The author’s interpretation of Dr. Willett’s talk was that “there was little evidence that fruits and vegetables are protective,” which is a gross oversimplification of a complex field of study.

    It is true that many observational studies have yielded disappointing results; but remember that these studies observe the lifestyle habits of Americans and Europeans, most of whom eat a diet primarily comprised of processed and commercial foods, animal products, and a small amounts of vegetables. The fact is a tiny amount of unrefined plant food offers only a tiny amount of benefit (as exemplified by results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, published in 2010). These studies do not suggest that the anti-cancer phytochemicals in whole plant foods are worthless or that meat is safe. They suggest that almost no one eats enough vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds for an observational study to detect dramatic benefit, especially when so much meat and so many commercially-processed foods are consumed.

    Cancer initiates due to a wide variety of causes, some of which are outside of our control or already occurred during our childhood. However, the progression of cancer—whether the cancer cells proliferate and become dangerous—is affected by lifestyle factors, those that we can control.

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