It’s been proven that what you eat can in some cases reduce the risk of certain diseases. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about diet and disease. A recent research study found that eating a low-carb diet two days a week could reduce the risk of breast cancer. The study was a small one and the authors recommended additional research. TV’s Dr. Oz recommends 3 cups of green tea a day in addition to eating other foods high in antioxidants to reduce the risk of breast cancer. But how reliable is all this information? What really works? Get Healthy’s Jackie Hays went to an expert at Norton Cancer Institute for answers.

The National Cancer Institute says serious diseases that are linked to what we eat kill an estimated three out of four Americans every year. These diseases include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and some types of cancers. Eating a diet that contains 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day as part of a healthy, active lifestyle has been shown to lower the risk for all of these diseases. I talked with an expert at Norton Cancer Institute about the foods we eat and breast cancer specifically.

Jackie also talked with the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Deborah Eck, RD, LD, CNSC about diet and disease. She stressed what the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages: Americans should be following a well-balanced, plant-based diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in unhealthy lipids (saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol). Such a diet, if calorie controlled, can be both waist- and health-friendly and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

For additional information about breast cancer and diet, contact Norton Cancer Institute at (502) 899-6888 or visit

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