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Prostrate Cancer / Diet Research

"One should eat to live, not live to eat." - Cicero

The April, 2012 issue of Actas Urologicas Espanolas, the official publication of the Spanish Urological Association (Actas Urol Esp. 2012 Apr;36(4):239-245), contains a study in which dietary factors associated with prostate cancer were evaluated. Researchers compared the typical American diet (meat and potatoes and dairy) to the "Mediterranean diet" (based upon an eating plan containing an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables) and concluded:

"Diet risk factors have a role on prostatic carcinogenesis. ...Prostate carcinoma risk is reduced in persons on Mediterranean diet compared with those on western diet. The preventive effect of Mediterranean diet is due to the great number and quality of phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties..." Scientists identified negative food factors as:

"..animal saturated fat, processed red meat, milk and dairy products..."

Researchers identified protective factors which include:

"high daily ingestion of vegetarian products (cereals, legumes, dried and fresh fruits, tubercles, vegetables..."

"The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook." - Andy Rooney

Robert Cohen

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