With the huge number of studies on nutrition and cancer available, it's impossible for a person to sort through them all to come up with practical recommendations. Now, Dr. David Khayat, a world-renowned oncologist, has done that hard work for you.
In this international bestseller, Dr. Khayat provides easy-to-follow—and often surprising—guidelines on what are now known to be the foods most likely to reduce the risk of cancer. For those of a scientific bent, he explains what cancer is and how it develops. Bringing together his own research with that of other major cancer specialists, he breaks down what the studies mean, which ones provide the most solid evidence, and how to use their results in your and your family’s diet.
Structured by the major food groups—as well as supplements, beverages, and exercise—The Anticancer Diet may surprise you by not disparaging red meat but alerting you to find out the source of your fish and suggesting sole over salmon. While highly recommending commercial pomegranate juice, it cautions people with fair hair and eyes against drinking orange juice. What stage of life a person is at will also affect what they should consume. Pregnant women, older women, men, and children may process foods differently.
With numerous easy-to-read charts and tables along with a comprehensive food list at the back of the book, this accessible, user-friendly guide helps readers realize the power in their everyday choices.
Khayat, the noted oncologist who directed France's first national cancer-prevention initiative, avers that one in three American women and close to one in two American men will be affected by cancer in their lifetimes. His aim in this info-heavy and sometimes user-unfriendly book is to provide a comprehensible digest of recent research findings, advocate nutritional changes that lessen cancer risk, and make readers aware of habits that may increase it though he is not entirely successful in doing so. Key to Khayat's approach is nutrigenomics, the study of how diet and cancer are linked. As he states, certain food bio-compounds boost the enzymes that keep cells healthy and others inhibit that activity, so knowing what to eat and what to avoid is essential. In a series of chapters replete with tables, charts, and sidebars, Khayat offers comparative data, recommendations, and nutritional values. Readers will learn about the relative risks and benefits of fish, red meat, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, cooking methods, beverages, and dietary supplements. Khayat also advises exercise, particularly the fat-burning variety. The book lacks the codified program and basic how-to instructions that would make for a wholly successful guide, so readers will appreciate the handy recap provided by the appendix.