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Why a Plant-Based Diet is Good for Your Health | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Studies continue to support a link between obesity and increased risk for certain cancers. Eating a healthy, plant-based, balanced diet can not only help you manage your weight, but may also help reduce your risk for developing certain cancers, while supporting your immune system, helping you feel well during treatment, and promoting healthy survivorship.


I’m Stacy Kennedy, a nutrition specialist for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Welcome to Eating Well During Cancer. Today I’d like to talk to you about why a balanced, plant-based diet is good for your health.

Studies continue to support a link between excess body fat or obesity and the risk for cancer. We know that eating a healthy, plant-based, balanced diet can help you not only manage your weight but may also help reduce your risk for developing certain cancers, helping support your immune system to feel well during treatment, and also help to promote survivorship.

Eating balanced diet means choosing primarily unprocessed or minimally processed natural, fresh foods in abundance. In addition to that, drinking plenty of water and choosing a plant-based or lean protein is another important part of a balanced diet. A plant-based diet means that the majority of foods you’re eating are coming from plants. These include bright, colorful fruits and vegetables, but also other foods, like spices and herbs and seasonings, as well as nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans, and legumes.

It’s important to think about a variety of colorful foods, because those colors signify a lot of nutrition. Whether it’s a bright red like a beet, which are full of important phytonutrients to support your health, or bright, beautiful yellow like a mango, the color signifies a lot of vibrancy and a lot of nutrition.

Choosing local foods as often as possible will help not only increase the amount of vitamins and phytonutrients, but can also help to put away some concerns around pesticides or other contaminants. Certain foods are also important to choose as organic, and for more information on which foods are best to get organic, for recipes and lots of tips on how to create your own plant-based diet, we encourage you to visit our website or download our free app. On behalf of the nutrition department at Dana-Farber, I’m Stacy Kennedy.

The food we eat impacts all aspects of health, including our lung health. Subroto Paul, MD, Director of Thoracic Surgery, RWJBarnabas Health, offers insight into the foods that can help our lungs work their best.

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Tips on Diet and Eating Healthy

Tips on Diet and Eating Healthy

Visit for additional resources about healthy eating. In this video, Dr. Don Lloyd-Jones talks how to eat better, which is one 7 key factors related to better heart health. Tips include what kinds of foods to eat, and not to eat. Other cardiovascular health factors (that are part of American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7”) include: losing weight, stopping smoking, getting active (exercise), controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, and managing blood pressure. Visit for more information about all of the 7 health factors, and to take an assessment explore your health.

Dr. Don Lloyd-Jones, MD, SCM, FACC, focuses on Preventative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and is a volunteer at the American Heart Association.

If you have diabetes, must you really avoid carbohydrates? Is consuming more fruits and vegetables always healthy? What is the difference between plant-based and animal-based carbohydrates? Find out in this video!

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Dr. Donald Hensrud: Food Labels & Healthy Diet

Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Nutrition and Preventative Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, discusses the benefits of whole vs. unprocessed foods, the value of low-fat food labels, natural flavor labels and healthy grocery store shopping.

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Diet Tips from Biggest Loser Coach

Diet Tips from Biggest Loser Coach

Top fitness coach Jim Saret shared some Diet tips in “Ikaw na!”

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Diet Tips From a Professional : How to Suppress Appetite

One of the most overlooked ways to lose weight is by finding ways to naturally suppress your appetite. Lose more weight with tips from a registered dietitian and nutritionist in this free video on how to suppress appetite techniques.

Expert: Charlotte Lawson
Bio: Charlotte Lawson is a licensed and registered dietitian and nutritionist who graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and health promotion specialization.
Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

Series Description: Nowadays there are so many different types of diet methods and techniques that it never hurts to get help from a professional. Discover great tips on dieting with help from a registered dietitian and nutritionist in this free video series on professional diet tips.

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Heart Healthy Tips: A Plant Based Diet

Dr. Robert Gillespie, a cardiologist with Sharp Rees-Stealy, shares his tips for a heart-healthy diet with Dr. Eunice Sanchez-Mata, a family medicine physician.

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