Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer

I first read about this report earlier today on Marion Nestle's blog and tonight, every hour since 6 pm I've been listening to news reports about it on CBC Radio.

Because it's such a big nutrition news story, I don't think I can go to bed tonight until I blog about it.

You can find extensive reference and resource material about the report here, and from this page, download the complete report or chapters. 

This evening I downloaded and skimmed through the Introduction (26 pages of small text) and from it I'm posting the 10 recommendations for easy future reference and retrieval. During the next few days I need to read more carefully the public health goals, personal recommendations and justification for each recommendation. These details are important.

  1. Body Fatness -- Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight.
  2. Physical Activity -- Be physically active as part of everyday life.
  3. Foods and Drinks that Promote Weight Gain -- Limit consumption of energy-dense foods. Avoid sugary drinks.
  4. Plant Foods -- Eat mostly foods of plant origin.
  5. Animal Foods -- Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat.
  6. Alcoholic Drinks -- Limit alcoholic drinks.
  7. Preservation, Processing, Preparation -- Limit consumption of salt. Avoid mouldy cereals (grains) or pulses (legumes)
  8. Dietary Supplements -- Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone.
  9. Breastfeeding -- Mothers to breastfeed; children to be breastfed.
  10. Cancer survivors -- Follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.