Big Pharma is probably hoping the latest research findings don’t make the headlines. Researchers have revealed that the secret to lowering your risk of dying from prostate cancer and other diseases may be as simple as making some very minor food swaps: “Men with prostate cancer may significantly improve their survival chances with a simple change in their diet.”
The sad fact is that this potentially lifesaving news probably won’t hit the headlines, but the fact remains that this is big news that men everywhere need to be reading.
Good fats versus bad fats
The entire ‘war on fat’ was a massive mistake to begin with. We sure aren’t any healthier because of it, if anything, just the opposite.
But if you have prostate cancer, going along with this low-fat dogma could put your health at even greater risk.
If a drug offered the kind of results that researchers found with these simple dietary changes, well, you can imagine what would happen. The benefits of the drug would be making headline news and the pages would be flying off doctors’ prescription pads at record speed.
And yet here’s a way to significantly improve your odds with prostate cancer that’s simple, has no side effects, and that anyone can start right now. So why are we the only ones talking about it?
The researchers found that by substituting some healthy vegetable fats (including nuts) for some carbs and animal fats every day, men who had prostate cancer had a “markedly lower risk” of dying from the disease and from other causes.
And the amounts of these “healthy fat” replacements were very modest.
The best part is you don’t have to change your whole diet and eat only nuts and twigs dipped in olive oil or some rare food you can’t even pronounce.
By replacing just 10 per cent of calories from carbs with a good vegetable fat, the researchers found a 26 per cent lower risk of dying from any cause.
Better still, they found substituting vegetable fat for only 10 per cent of the animal fat in your diet was associated with a whopping 34 per cent lower risk of dying… again, that’s from any cause.
The study’s lead researcher gave some examples. Whilst they may not sound overly exciting, we’re only talking about a few trades here. You don’t have to become a vegetarian or start blending green-coloured drinks three times a day…
Here’s what they suggested to get you started:
- Replace a half-cup of white rice or spaghetti with salad topped with one tablespoon of olive oil.
- Instead of a potato, have half an avocado.
- Replace a ham sandwich with a peanut butter one.
The most remarkable findings involved those in the study who ate the highest amount of vegetable fat – including nuts – after their cancer had been diagnosed. They had a 36 per cent lower risk of dying from the disease than the group who ate the least amounts of these good fats.
The researchers concluded that these healthy vegetable oils and ‘nut fats’ help by lowering insulin and bad cholesterol and also upping your antioxidant intake.
Trans fat (as found in margarine), on the other hand, had just the opposite result. In fact, men who consumed a mere one per cent of calories from carbs with added trans fat upped their risk of dying by 25 per cent!
This test-tube additive, called ‘partially hydrogenated oil’ on food packaging, is made by chemically altering fat for one reason to improve a product’s shelf life. But the result can be to shorten yours… especially if you already have prostate cancer.
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“Men with prostate cancer should eat healthy vegetable fats” Elizabeth Fernandez, UCSF press release, ucsf.efu
“Vegetable fat linked to longer life for prostate cancer patients” Daily Health News, bottomlinepublications.com