Plant-based Food Diets and Cancer

>>Did you know that controlling your
weight is one of the most important ways to reduce your risk of cancer
or cancer recurrence? And it is second only to smoking cessation. Why? Because a third of the most
common cancers are related to obesity. So how do you know if you need to lose weight? One easy way of doing that is calculating
your BMI which is your body mass index. And you would need your weight in pounds, your
height in inches and probably a calculator. Your weight in pounds divided by your
height in inches and you’re going to square that height and then you times it by 703. So I have an example here. If you are five foot four inches and 150
pounds you would do that 150 divided by 64 which is the five foot four in inches. Squaring that inch times it by
703 so your BMI would be 25.7. A healthy BMI would be between 18.5 and 24.9. So technically this one was over 25 so
it would be outside of the healthy range. Keep in mind that’s pretty
close to the healthy range. If you had a large amount of muscle mass on
you or you just had a larger build to your body that might be a healthy weight for you and
it has to be something that you can maintain. If you can’t maintain 10 pounds
lighter and still be able to feel like you’re living your life, maybe the
weight that you’re at is a healthy weight. If your BMI is elevated and you do
feel like you want to do something about it there are four ways that you
can easily work on adjusting your weight through a healthy diet, not
through weight loss schemes. You can look on the internet
and find that there are millions of different ideas on how you can lose weight. The key is usually low calorie diets don’t work because you’re eventually
going to start eating more. Usually the low — or the high protein diets,
low carb diets don’t work for a long period of time because most people don’t
want to continue to eat like that. So the best way is to make little changes that
you can stick with for now and until you’re 90. One way to do that is to
eat more plant based foods. Make the majority of your
diet plant based foods. These foods are very — tend
to be low in calories, fruits and vegetables a little bit lower
than maybe the grains and the beans but they are very low in calorie
and they are very high in fiber. And that fiber has filling power. It takes a lot of space in our stomach
so it’s going to make us feel fuller. And I have an example here. So if you were to eat this apple, this
very large apple, it’s about 110 calories or you were going to eat this pudding
cup, both of them have that 110 calories but you’re probably going to feel much
fuller after eating this large apple than you would after eating this pudding cup. Both have the sweet taste that you might be
craving and there is nothing wrong with adding, say, a little bit of cinnamon to the apple. That doesn’t really add any calories to it
and gives it a little bit more of a perk, a little bit more of a treat aspect to it. Another way, like I said, trying to eat the
majority of your foods as plant based foods, this is kind of a visual representation
of how to kind of set up your plate. But if you think of your plates
in thirds or even quarters, if you want it to be a little bit
easier, you know, divide it out. And you want fruits and vegetables to
take a good portion of your plate up. Okay? And the reason why fruits and vegetables
are so helpful in why we want a good portion of that to be part of your plate and maybe
even a little bit more vegetables than fruit because vegetables are the lowest calorie
of all of these plant based products. Fruits have a little bit more calories because
of course they’ve got some fructose to them. And then your whole grains. But if you have two thirds of your
plate the plant based products and only a small portion being your
protein foods and of course trying to go for lean proteins, than you probably are going to be automatically eating less
calories than you typically would. Because most of us would do our meat on one
side and our carb on the other side, being say, fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. You might not have necessarily put
the fruits and vegetables on there. So it’s going to displace some of
the higher calorie foods that we eat. Another thing that you can do is
pay attention to the serving size. So a lot of us don’t necessarily
look on the back of a package unless maybe you
are a dietician like myself. But most of us don’t know that five
Ritz crackers is a serving of breads. Most of us don’t know that two sheets of graham
crackers, you know, two of the full sheets or four of the little squares
is a serving of graham crackers. Two Oreo cookies is a serving. So knowing what you’re serving
size is and sticking to that serving size can be very helpful because you’re consciously knowing
what the serving size is and then if you’re still hungry you have that
large apple to go along with it. But you got your sweet tooth met. Or you had the 12 or 16 potato chips that is
a serving size, not necessarily the whole bag, and then again, you have something else that
will help fill you up with it but you still got that salty taste that you wanted to get in. Try and shoot for serving sizes
that are about a half cup. So a half cup is about a half of a
baseball or it’s what is kind of — would fit into the round of your
palm for most typical people. If your hand is a little bit bigger
you might be cheating a little bit. Okay? But a half cup is a
serving size for cooked beans, any type of cooked rice, any
cooked cereal, any pasta. So a half cup is a typical serving. When it comes to ready to eat cereal
you’re going to have to look on the side of the package, just like with
cookies and things like that. You’re going to have to find out what a serving
size is because those can be varied quite a bit. With like Grape Nuts, which is really dense,
only being a fourth of a cup and something like Rice Krispies might be
a cup to a cup and a quarter that would give you the same serving
amount or same calorie amount. It can be helpful, especially for snacks and
treats to put them in single serving containers. So when you bring home the Oreos putting
two Oreos in a little snack bag and that way when you grab them you’re consciously
grabbing the serving size that is recommended. And then you can get another serving if you
want but you’re a little bit more conscious about the amount that you’re eating. One other thing that you
want to watch for is tracks. So even though avocados, olive oil,
nuts and seeds are very healthy for us, they’re very healthy foods, they have omega 3
fatty acids to it which are anti-inflammatory, have anti-inflammatory properties the problem is that they are very high calorie
for low portion sizes. So even though you’re on — even
though they are very healthy for you from a weight loss standpoint they might not
be something that you would want to include in your diet because you’re going to be kind of
getting the small portion but a lot of calories. So ultimately remember that eating is not the
only thing you can do from a weight standpoint and actually exercise has been very
beneficial for cancer prevention as well and exercise can help you burn a few extra
calories so that your calories going in and your calories going out
can be a little bit more equal. So remember to exercise. The recommendations are for
at least 30 minutes most days of the week and avoid sedentary behavior. There is a difference between physical
activity and sedentary behavior. Physical activity is purposely
going out and walking for 10 minutes even if it is three times a day. That’s purposeful exercise. Sedentary behavior is sitting in
front of a desk for eight hours. If you can get up every hour and just take
two laps before you go to the bathroom or hand deliver an email — or hand deliver
a message to somebody instead of sending it by email to somebody that’s right down the hall. Those can be ways to get
activity in throughout the day and keep you healthy both at
work and when you’re at play.

52 thoughts on “Plant-based Food Diets and Cancer

  • It's best to eliminate all animal products. Dairy products are the worst which are packed with cow hormones. Meat have saturated fat and protein which both will increase your IGF-1 (growth hormones, cancer cells feeds on it) Eggs have too much cholesterol. Our body produce cholesterol by itself and we don't need more out sources of it.

  • “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.”  Otto Warburg was awarded a Nobel prize for this discovery.
    ……..and yet you are advocating that we use sugar laden foods to slow down the growth of cancer.

  • And, if you're really serious, you'll know and practice "food combining" where you don't eat fruits and vegetables, together and by sub acids, etc.

  • I am constantly being asked by friends to support their Cancer charity walks and fundraising drives. I am uncomfortable with their (American Cancer Society and others) failure to stand up to Big Agriculture and Big Pharma.

    Is there a non-profit that educates people about the dietary causes of cancer? I am motivated to donate to cancer research, but the last thing I want to do is to give a nickel to help Big Pharma or Big Ag sell their dangerous crap. Are there alternatives to the American Cancer Society (and other mainstream groups) that actually push plant-based, whole food diets that we can all support?

  • I appreciated the information here, except I do see a value in some health professionals like Dr.Caldwell Esselstyn – who is famous for having reversed heart disease in his patients with a plant based diet alone that allowed no added oil or nuts, etc. These people have to be all in if they want to reverse disease, and Dr.Esselstyn said that if he told them to have oil and nuts in moderation, he’d see them stocking nuts everywhere, and drizzling the oils on everything. All things in moderation is going to result in heart disease in moderation, for example, because we all have different ideas of what moderation is. Safe levels of foods that at unsafe levels can cause cancer, is maybe not a good idea for people. If we understand the studies and information, though, and still want to eat such things, then go for it. At least it will be done with eyes wide open of the probable consequences. 100% is a lot easier than moderation and cheat days, I think anyway.

  • Thoughts on "The China Study"? Is it still relevant? It basically reaches the same conclusions as summarised by Danielle in this video; based on extensive research over many years.

  • This is such bs. Carbohydrates turn into sugar and raise your insulin levels, cancer cells feed in sugar.

  • Thanks for this video. I know I am here late, but shoutout from PInckney MI. I used to work in Ann Arbor too.

    I am 100% vegan now and am trying to spread the plant-based message to the world as well.

  • eat organic and more fresh fruits and vegetables help fight cancer. more vegetables than fruit, but have fruit. everything organic and high ph water is very vital in fighting cancer.

  • She looks exhausted. I can understand why though, people don’t listen to her and she it’s pretty tiring. Specially if you made sense.

  • Who are the idiots who dislike this kinda health related stuff ? Most likely the phapmasuiticle companys, who feed us shit that makes us worse and makes tons of money. Remember no health structure wants to make you feel better. Healthy = no money.

  • According to my research, we homo sapiens are unable to turn the food we eat into vitamin C… Ergo disease follows!

  • Excellent advice, many thanks for sharing. Although the meat consumption advice here contradicts that provided in The China Study work by Dr. Campbell & son

  • The Plant-Based Recipe Cookbook Includes over 100
    mouth-watering recipes for Everyone to Enjoy! Go to http://bit. ly/2OSWIkI

  • She looks like she's exhausted and suffering from muscle atrophy, sorry not convinced. It's also not our fault that you're all so privileged and can afford this diet, not that anyone should ever have it anyways. I believe in evolution, we evolved to eat what we do. Pretty simple stuff if you're not retarded.

  • Thank you so much! Most of my family, including my dad has died of throat or lung cancer. Finding out about the significantly higher risk of cancer for people who have had several Adverse Childhood Experiences or chronic stress, and I am terrified. I'm the queen of quinoa these days and don't have meat, but this makes me feel like I am definitely on the right track to doge this bullet.

    I have a question though, the jury seems divided on how safe caffeine is for people who are cancer prone. What do you think? Thanks 🙂

  • No to meat! Seriously. A plate with 1/3 animal products will cause cancer! Read The China Study. Eat 100% whole plant foods, all organic.

  • You've probably heard of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, I enjoyed your video….. I keep wondering if everyone Only ate real food from the produce section maybe there would be no cancer.

  • Thanks so much Nancy Cronk. So glad to hear doctors that aren't just for profit off of medications and procedures. You are a blessing. One thing I can help with is, there is a Physicians website that talks like this dear lady Nancy Cronk at the Physicians Committee website:
    Also, Dr Fuhrman is a good search too for plant based doctors that encourages what this sweet lady encourages and has a website with recipes and products:
    I found my Plant Based Doctor here:

  • 0:29 Top class pseudo-science here, why the feck are you listening to this psy-op, poor lady's a wannabe world-saver. Here have some more pseudo-science from a nobody like me, the lemon or lime juice oxidises the apple the same way water would by adding a layer above the skin that protects it against oxygen and further deterioration…or what she said, or the lemon simply burns off the brown of the apple because the ph of acid is 1-2. 🙂 Remember folks, seeds are for planting trees not eating, don't fall for their seed agenda, your body IS NOT designed to eat seeds, full stop. Eat your natural diet, animal products.

  • I tried a plant based diet and by day 3 my joints felt like they had been lubricated and my energy easily doubled. 8 months later, the only animal products I eat are at restaurants when I don't have the energy to be "that guy". I've lost 60 lbs and I've begun running because I didn't know what to do with my extra energy. A year ago I would have thought this was a bunch of crap.

    I say try it for a week and see what happens. What have you got to lose?

  • why do you need to limit Meat? but not plant foods? …. durrrrrr because you not supposed to eat dead animals you fools humans are frugivores

  • Very interesting. It's also important to consider how to maintain proper nutrition with foods that are tolerable during cancer treatment. This article has some helpful pointers:

  • The dietary suggestion is like if you see a child you are going to hit and you have two choices: to come to a stop, or merely slow down, hoping that the child will get out of the way. Who would not stop? But is the dedication to eating meat worth more than your life? If your health was terrific, why did your body get cancer? Slowing the consumption of meat, how does that reverse anything? If you want to get results, you can stop as at least you tried to stop it.

    Is it that it is now fashionable to get cancer, and like me, since my mother and sister both died of breast cancer, I want to honor their memory by eating myself into the cancers they died of honors nothing. It is my choice, I went vegan after my husband's prostate cancer. My husband is now near vegan.

    Our bloodwork looks great, no diabetes, our cholesterol — my husband's is perfect, mine is much lower, we don't have any diabetes, and my blood pressure is perfect, my husband no longer needs medication. Vegetarians and vegans have 40% less chance of getting cancer. This is the fact. And you start getting benefits right away. Meat is not the health food it is made out to be — it is loaded with fats and we are not carnivores — we are herbivores. Meat stays in our intestines way to long to be healthy for us. The countries who do not have high cancer rates are nearly vegans. Far lower than the amount of meat this dietician is recommending.

    If you want to heal, learn how to eat without meat and see what happens to your blood tests. My husband did not realize he had cancer till it was already stage 4, and we did not think there was time for diet intervention. He was very stubborn, I had been vegetarian about 10 years and he refused to try anything vegan at all. Now he does. I think he tries it now as the chances of reoccurence of cancer is very high. We couldn't stop the cancer fast enough to be safe, but we can hopefully keep him from getting any kind of cancer again and hopefully I won't get it now at all or Alzheimer's like my dad did.

  • Would be nice if Dr Danielle provided an update on red meat "considered safe", because maybe 4 years ago it was not as clear as now that ANY AMOUNT IS NOT SAFE.

  • It can be challenging, however, to stick to a healthy, plant-based diet while undergoing chemo; but so important to maintain good nutrition. This article has some additional tips that are helpful:

  • Hello! sure, I have free time to tell you this, but this video has been #1 when on the list for months or years when I search for 'plant based' but now dropped to #3. I eat plant foods. Best wishes.

  • She never promoted a plant based diet. She said 2/3's. Which is common knowledge. Meat isn't just good but it's necessary for humans health and longevity.

  • Vegan diets cause mental illness, malnutrition, and inflammation throughout the body. Fruits and veggies galore won't do jack shit for cancer.

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