We know that drinking alcohol increases the risk of several cancers, but surely just one drink a day won’t hurt, right? Actually it could – evidence from our new report shows that even moderate drinkers are putting themselves at an increased risk of breast cancer.
You may have seen some headlines recently on how overcooking starchy foods, like toast, chips or roast potatoes, can increase your cancer risk. We wanted to look at the evidence, to see if we should dial back the toaster and rethink our roasties.
Like so many people, drinking alcohol used to be the main way I socialised. I’d meet up with friends in the pub during the week over a glass of wine or two and went out drinking most weekend nights. In 2016, I decided to make a change.
If we believe recent, excited headlines that scream ‘pizza could count as one of your five a day’, then it seems we could all be racking up our fruit and vegetable portions by way of Italy’s finest export. But before dashing to the takeaway, let’s look behind the headlines of a story that seems too good to be true.
Portion sizes of foods in the UK have spiralled “out of control” according to a new report. The Portion Distortion report compared the portion sizes of 245 shop-bought foods with portion sizes of the same foods 20 years ago, and found that many had increased significantly.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most prevalent form of cancer and the second biggest killer. Its discovery is sometimes a cause for embarrassment, which partially explains the high number of cases that are not identified until the disease is at an advanced stage.
I can imagine people who have read today’s media coverage about fruits and vegetables and cancer risk might be feeling confused. It is all too easy when organisations like World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) say it is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for cancer prevention and then newspapers like the Guardian report that “Fruit and vegetables do not reduce overall cancer risk”.
You may have seen an article in the Daily Mail about a new book by Zoe Harcombe on the obesity epidemic. The article runs through Zoe’s ‘myth-busting’ conclusions. Looking at her overall message, Zoe basically disagrees with the advice you would get from mainstream health organisations. The result of this is that people are likely to become confused.
There is a story in the news today about how some fruits and vegetables may be better for us than others. But the evidence does not suggest that fashionable fruits and vegetables such as blueberries and papaya are any better for us than traditional produce like broccoli and carrots.