Guest Post by Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD
Cancer Survivors are often highly motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health. However, a recent study comparing cancer survivors’ dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short. People who have survived cancer eat fewer green vegetables and whole grains than people without a history of cancer do. Survivors also weren’t getting enough fiber, vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium or calcium, and were taking in too much sugar, fat and sodium, as defined by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. The report is discussed in this Los Angeles Times article: After Cancer, Survivors Do Not Choose Healthy Foods: What’s Going On?
What influences cancer survivors’ eating patterns? The research team at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University is conducting a survey to understand cancer survivors’ nutritional needs and the challenges they are facing in making healthy food choices.
They need your help! Please click to take a short survey (10 minutes) and contribute to this important research! Your support will help advance research to meet the nutritional needs of the growing population of cancer survivors.
Principal Investigator: Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, Tufts University