5 Myths About Cancer and Food, Explained by Dietitians

June 16, 2016
Greg Guthrie, ASCO staff

Annette Goldberg, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN, is an Outpatient Oncology Dietitian at the Boston Medical Center Cancer Care Center. Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian and Epidemiologist, with a nutrition and research consulting business in Portland, Oregon.

When it comes to food and cancer, there are countless myths out there. Some say that you can prevent cancer by eating a certain food. But then, someone else will say that eating that same food can increase your risk of cancer. So, which is it?

In this podcast, nutrition experts Annette Goldberg and Suzanne Dixon shed light on 5 popular myths about cancer and food. share on twitter 

  1. Juicing. Does all that homemade juice contain too much carbohydrate and sugar? Or will all of those healthy nutrients help cure your ailments? The reality is somewhere in the middle. [2:08]

  2. Soy and soybeans. Is soy good or bad for you if you have cancer? Does it cause or prevent cancer? The answer comes down to understanding what phytoestrogens are. [5:30]

  3. Cancer diets. Is there a “right” diet for people with cancer? How about one to prevent cancer? What kinds of diets can increase your risk of cancer? What is this ketogenic diet that people are talking about? How you eat if you have cancer depends on your individual needs. [8:36]

  4. Vitamins and mineral supplements. Is it safe to use vitamins and mineral supplements? Can they increase your cancer risk? Can they prevent cancer? You should talk with your doctor if you plan to take a supplement. Vitamins and mineral supplements are not regulated by the FDA. [18:30]

  5. Sugar. Does it really “feed” or cause cancer? The answer lies in the complex way that our bodies create energy from food. [22:16]

This is a prerecorded audio podcast, and it can be listened to online or downloaded to your computer. A transcript of this podcast is also available. For more information, visit the Cancer.Net podcast page.