Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s website, has a wealth of great information. But if you don’t have time to pour over this content-rich site, let me suggest that you at least read two posts (both of which are located at the bottom of the page, under the heading, “Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s Latest Blog Posts & Research Based Insight.”)
- Cancer Prevention: Some Fruits & Vegetables Bring Specific Protection (March, 2010)
This post includes a table that summarizes the conclusions of population-based studies regarding the effectiveness of specific foods on the prevention of specific cancers. The author of this table is one of the world’s foremost researchers on nutrition and cancer.
Also, of particular note in this post is Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s recommendation:
Eat less of the vegetables and fruits that are not rich in anti-cancer molecules, for example: potatoes, iceberg lettuce, canned tomatoes (I think that canned tomatoes are singled out because of the chemicals that leach into the tomatoes if the can is lined with a plastic compound, which is very common). Elsewhere Dr. Servan-Schreiber includes bananas in this list, and I would add that corn could probably be included, too.
Eat more of the fruits and vegetables which are rich in anticancer molecules, for example: cabbage family vegetables, garlic family foods (onion, shallot, leek, and chive), green tea, small fruit, citrus fruit, tomatoes and carrots. Note: These are examples only; there are plenty more foods rich in anti-cancer compounds.
- Recent National Cancer Institute Analysis is Partial & Over-interpreted: It is Not About the Effectiveness of a Single Food, but the WHOLE Diet (April, 2010)
This post gives Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s analysis of and rebuttal to a recently published study that concluded that fruits and vegetables have a rather minimal anti-cancer effect.
Enjoy and be healthy!
P.S. With sadness, I note that Dr. David Servan-Schreiber passed away in 2011. Here is the link to his Facebook page with messages from people all over the world who wanted to say thanks and good bye.