The study didn’t specify which carbohydrates were involved, however I’m willing to speculate that the women on the study were typically on a Standard American Diet – aptly abbreviated to SAD. In other words, they were consuming carbohydrates from processed foods, sugar, soft drinks and gluten-rich foods like pasta and bread.
While the researchers only studied 265 postmenopausal breast cancer survivors there is nothing to say that the results of this study couldn’t be extrapolated to all types of cancer. In fact there are many amazing books that have looked at much larger groups of people, such as ‘The China Study’ by T. Colin Campbell, which detail the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
What the Moores UCSD Cancer Centre study does confirm, is that anyone wanting to reduce their risk of cancer, or reduce the risk of metastases (cancer recurrence), should follow a plant-based dietary pattern, which means eating lots of fibre rich vegetables, legumes (if tolerated), and fruits; as well as limiting refined grains and added sugar.
Two popular nutrition bloggers such as Kris Carr and Jessica Ainscough have put their cancer into remission with a vegan diet, and while this particular dietary approach may not be suitable for everyone, their stories are validation for a holistic approach to healthcare.
I personally don’t advocate a purely vegan diet for everyone for two reasons. First, I believe that protein is an essential macronutrient for muscle building and repair, and the richest and most bioavailable forms of protein are those founds in animal foods. Secondly, we’re all unique and factors such as culture and blood-type will influence how you respond to certain dietary patterns. What works for one person, will not work for all.
Lifestyle and stress reduction has a massive part to play in prevention of any disease, but when it comes to diet, in my view a vegetable rich paleo diet, fits the bill for disease prevention and is just another step that you can take to empower yourself for optimum health.