A recent study showed how meaningless many studies of specific foods and cancer risks can be. While I think that the article makes some good points, I’m not enamoured with the headline Food-cancer links may be misleading, report says. This headline implies that there is not a link between nutrition and cancer. However, this is not what the researchers found.
The researchers found that there were many studies involving individual foods and cancer risk and that most of these found widely varying results. However, they make the important point that while individual foods may not increase nor decrease cancer risk, overall diet pattern may still very well contribute to cancer risk.
Despite the implications made by the headline, what you eat quite likely does affect your risk of developing cancer. A varied diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and legumes, and low in processed foods, red meat, baked goods, and alcohol will be beneficial in reducing your risk of many diseases, including cancer.