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Frequently Asked Questions


Q - What do you recommend for an anti-cancer diet to people who choose not to eat soy foods?

For people who do not include soy foods in the diet for a high quality protein source, I suggest following a diet similar to a Mediterranean diet, which includes lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, fish, olive oil, some dairy foods, some chicken, a glass of wine on a daily basis, and small amounts of red meat only a few times per month. It is important to remember that the many countries with a Mediterranean culture have different foods in their typical diets and that daily exercise is a key component.

My diet is a variation of the Mediterranean diet with the addition of 1-3 servings of soyfoods daily.

Additional information can be found at the following web sites:

N Engl J Med. 2003 Jun 26;348(26):2599-608
Adherence to a Mediterranean diet and survival in a Greek population.
Trichopoulou A, Costacou T, Bamia C, Trichopoulos D.

Nutr Cancer. 2003;46(1):30-7
The protective effect of the Mediterranean diet on lung cancer.
Fortes C, Forastiere F, Farchi S, Mallone S, Trequattrinni T, Anatra F,
Schmid G, Perucci CA.

J Nutr. 2001 Nov;131(11 Suppl):3065S-73S.
The Mediterranean diets: What is so special about the diet of Greece?
The scientific evidence.
Simopoulos AP.

The Omega Diet: The Life-Saving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet
of the Island of Crete by Artemis Simopoulos and Jo Robinson,
HarperCollins, 1999 (ISBN 0060930233) - available at all bookstores and

faq posted 2/04


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Soy Will eating soy foods decrease my thyroid function and energy level? posted 1/01
Soy I recall reading somewhere that eating a lot of soy could hamper fertility. Is this true? posted 5/01
Soy Is soy safe to consume for women who have been diagnosed with uterine cancer? posted 2/03, updated 7/05
Soy What do you recommend for an anti-cancer diet to people who choose not to eat soy foods?posted 2/04
Soy Do you have suggestions for more websites that have great recipes using soy foods? posted 11/04


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Other Anti-Cancer Diets

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These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.

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