Is there a relationship between feeding and cancer?

Written by: Dott. Maurizio Grandi
Edited by: Top Doctors®

It is reasonable to hypothesize that over 35% of cancer in humans and between 40% and 50% of cancer in women (for endocrine interference) have a linkage to nutrition. However, some small attentions regarding the choice of food can, however, help to prevent the development of a neoplasm. He speaks to Dr. Maurizio Grandi, an oncology expert in Turin

The study of exposure of populations to sources and types of pollutants (chemical-physical and biological) is the main object of study of environmental epidemiology. The number of synthesized chemicals is growing exponentially: 5.6 kilograms per hectare (Istat data), 350 different toxic substances, 140 thousand tons per year, which alone account for 33% of the total 'European Union. Agriculture is the first drug addict created by industrial development.

Contamination can also result from:

  • From the origin of the seed;
  • From the stage of plant growth at harvesting / harvesting (there is a difference between mild and ripe fruit);
  • From the nature of processing processes, after harvesting or harvesting, ie the time used until drying for the degradation or fermentation process, the process of drying, storing and transporting.

Among the causes of health damage is glyphosate, herbicide in class 2A, potentially carcinogenic to human health. It is used in 94% for soybean cultivation, in 89% for corn cultivation.


1) How can a balanced diet affect a tumor?

Within the limits of the many food propositions, elements that suggest a distribution in daily food (fruits and vegetables 45-60%, 15% fat, 10% meat) are shared.

In particular, raw and cooked vegetables (less fruit) reduce the risk of colon, rectum, pharynx, larynx, esophagus and bladder cancer.The mechanism proposed for raw vegetables is the presence of bioflavonoids, which reduce the endogenous cholesterol involved in the growth of neoplasms. For cooked vegetables (on intestinal tumors) that of fiber.

Prefer as a seasoning olive oil (consisting of polar polyphenols) reduces the risk of breast and colon tumors for the modulation of arachidonic acid metabolism.

Over-consumption of saturated fats is, however, related to breast cancer, colon, endometriosis, pancreas and prostate cancer: the reduced consumption of animal protein by regimes, avoiding too much diets for the risk of excessive reduction of arachidonic acid through The production of aldehydes, represents a tumor control factor. Select quality animal proteins (eggs, goat's and sheep's milk) for their anti-cancer activity.


2) Cancer: What foods are recommended to cope with the side effects of the cure?


Weight loss increases the toxicity of chemotherapy: 20% of cancer patients (2 million people) lose their lives due to malnutrition-related causes. It is, however, preventable and reversible if nutritional intervention is timely.

Many supplements act as chemo-preventing agents that can prevent, slow down, or relieve the cancer-genetic process at multiple stages:

  • Initiation, that is, converting a normal cell to a damaged cell;
  • Promotion and tumor progression.

The chemium preventative agents are divided into:

  • Blocking agents that inhibit the initiation process;
  • Suppressor agents that reduce the consequences of impaired gene expression by blocking the proliferation of the initiated cell.


3) Prevention: counteract the growth or recurrence of the cancer with the diet


  • It is recommended to reduce milk and derivatives. Their reduction does not cause calcium deficiency: only a small fraction of the calcium content is absorbed by the intestine. Calcium is abundant in legumes, legumes, raw vegetables and fruits, which contain them in adequate quantities.
  • Raw or lightly cooked meats are preferable, lean, of casks, non-nursery, mediterranean and small fish such as crustaceans and molluscs.
  • The media have largely talked about the risk of red and processed meat, present in food pyramids as food to be used with moderation. The increased risk of contracting a tumor is estimated at 17% for 100 grams per person per die of red meat and 18% for every 50 grams per person per day for processed meat (processed meat is included among the agents "surely carcinogens ").
  • We recommend eating eggs "0" for breakfast: organic, produced in non-intensive breeding, with chickens fed with bio products and enough space to razzolare, cooked for a short time and at a low temperature.
  • Eating legumes: beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, but also roveja, lupins, strawberries, green beans. Characterized by a low fat content and a wealth of nutrients and soluble fibers, they are source of amino acids and proteins. Their cultivation improves growing systems in which they grow, increasing irrigation efficiency, fixing nitrogen, reducing the amount of fertilizer needed and releasing greenhouse gases. They also enrich the biodiversity and soil health.
  • Keep cooking below 100 ° C (to avoid sugar cracking, unsaturated fatty acids, and protein modification).
  • Prize seasonality and territoriality to less use of potentially dangerous plant propagating products.
*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dott. Maurizio Grandi
Medical Oncology

Dr. Maurizio Grandi is a specialist in Oncology and Immunohematology.
He is Director of La Torre di Torino Clinic. He specialized in Bioethics at the University of Milan and in Phytotherapy at the IPI (International Phytotherapie Institut) in Brussels.
Since 1972 he has been involved in experimental and clinical research in Oncology, in ethnopharmacology and phytotherapy.
He has a long experience as a lecturer at Italian and foreign universities. He is a member of several scientific societies in academies where he often holds executive positions.
In addition, he received prizes and awards such as the Gold Medal for Oncology (ASR), the International Peace Prize in the World of Rome and the Christopher Columbus Prize (Congress and Senate of Ethnic Affairs of the United States).

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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