These 7 dietary factors may increase your risk of cancer, study finds

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about a new study that links a diet low in whole grains, among other factors, to an increased risk of cancer.
2:12 | 05/23/19

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Now we are going to our "Gma" cover story. I got to walk and talk. This is dangerous. A warning about low carb diets. A new study lichlgs low grain intake to increased cancer risk. Drop Jen Ashton is here with us this morning. Good morning, doc. Tell us more about this study and what the findings are? So, possibly if you connect the dot, yes, it could be a warning for all those low carb lovers, I myself amne of them. It was an interesting study and based it on model, statistics and crunched numbers based on how people say they ate and new cases of cancer in the united States and found that due to what they call a suboptimal diet there are over 80,000 new cases of cancer in this country every year. That's 5% of new cancer case and not only about eating the wrong thing it's about not eating enough of the right thing. Okay, so what do we need too much of and too little of. This is the bad news. Too much of this stuff, sugar sweetened beverage, processed meats like bacon and salami and I love my bacon and red meat and too little of this stuff, so fruit, vegetable, dairy and grains, so, again, when you talk about this, it's not just about, you know, getting too much of something and not enough of the other, it's really about the whole picture. In moderation. Yeah, a little bit of moderation. You're never going to get me to say to give up my bacon. Trying to find a fine line. Low carb diets are so popular. Right. There are a lot of people at home, in our studio who were on it that are worried about this. What would you say to them. You know I have a degree in nutrition and here's the important thing. First of all, diets and eating are not one size fits all. You have to find what works for you and there is a tradeoff and a big one when you talk about low carb diets. For a lot of people they're keeping their weight down, preventing obesity and heart disease and some types of cancer but, again, if you're not eating grains and dairy and fruits and vegetables you're missing out so moderation, holistic and do what works for you. Doc, thank you so much for that. All right. Save some of that bacon for Good morning.

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