We all know that eating vegetables is a healthy thing to do and can help prevent a lot of diseases including cancer. But are there some vegetables that are better than others at preventing cancer, and are some of these vegetables better at preventing breast cancer specifically?
Well, broccoli is one of those veggies that has been promoted as preventing breast cancer as a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. And there’s actually research to back that up.
This group of vegetables has been looked at for cancer prevention because some of the compounds in these veggies have very interesting anti-cancer activities. In fact, there are even a couple of nutritional supplements that have been developed from these compounds that are being used by some women for breast cancer prevention. I’ll talk about the wisdom of that choice in just a bit.
First, what are cruciferous vegetables? They include this list of veggies which you can see includes some of...
Why is it that no one seems to have a straight answer on what to eat?
We know that good nutrition and good health are inextricably linked. What we eat directly influences our health, our weight, and our future. Wouldn’t you think that the health care providers, the media, the weight loss experts, the diabetes experts, the heart health experts, and so many more...wouldn’t you think that they could all agree on what’s healthy and what’s not??
Though it may be hard to believe, it’s just not that simple. Here’s why.
Most of the confusion comes from how we actually conduct nutritional studies. A lot of nutritional studies are what we call observational. Basically, researchers observe what people eat and compare their health outcomes. The gold standard of research is a randomized controlled trial where you control the variables that could have an impact on the outcome and randomize subjects to a treatment group or a control...