Vegetarian Nutrition Articles
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Cancer & Nutrition
There is probably no more controversial area related to the health effects of soy than the relationship between soy intake and breast cancer risk. Concern over the possibility that soy consumption could actually stimulate breast tumor growth has led to much confusion among oncologists and other health professionals, and to frustration and even trepidation, among breast cancer patients. Read more...
In a 1971 landmark study, Burkitt concluded that the low incidence of colorectal cancer in Africa was due to high dietary fiber intake. Thus began an odyssey of epidemiological studies around the world to verify Burkitt’s findings. Several studies published in the last decade are reviewed here in an effort to determine whether the generally accepted theory that high fiber diets exert a protective effect against the development of adenomatous polyps and colorectal cancer is still valid. Read more...
Although vegetarianism is relatively new in North America, it has existed in Asia for centuries, especially in followers of religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. In the 19th century, North Americans chose to become vegetarian primarily for spiritual and moral reasons. Over the last decade, we have seen the results of long-term studies comparing cancer rates among vegetarian groups and the general public in various countries.
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After following 424,168 postmenopausal women over a 14 year period, the American Cancer Society reported in May, 2002 that risk of death from breast cancer in the most overweight women was 3.1 times higher than in lean women. Two out of every three American postmenopausal women are overweight.