Food As Cancer Prevention | Bookshelf Monthly #2

When a Biochemistry PhD and not just a detox guru does serious research on how strong the impact of food is on our health, I’m the first in row to read his research.

And if it comes as a book, the better. Prevention never sounded this good: eating sweet berries, indulging in delicious green tea and chocolate, and enjoying a daily glass of fine red wine every day!

By chance, I read the reviewed book in German – as you can see my pile for book reviews isn’t quite small, considering the Kindle on top. Oh dear, that’s a lot to read…

Richard Béliveau (Ph.D. in Biochemistry) is a Canadian Neurosurgery researcher, director of the Molecular Medicine Laboratory, and holder of the Claude-Bertrand Chair in Neurosurgery at the University of Montreal Hospital Centre. He has written health bestsellers “Foods That Fight Cancer“, the matching cookbook “Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer” and “Eating Well, Living Well: An Everyday Guide for Optimum Health.”

While I’m not at all impressed with the cookbook – it involves too much red meat and heat processing and red wine than I think is healthy based on newer research – I love the wonderful accessibility of the scientific knowledge in the Foods That Fight Cancer book. It’s really easy to read, comprehensive, based on proper medical research. What’s not to love?

The book isn’t that new (2007); it’s been translated to German in 2010 under the catchy title “Krebszellen mögen keine Himbeeren” (“cancer cells hate raspberries”). But due to the amazing research it’s based upon and the almost timeless advice it’s a must-read for everybody, even if unaffected by cancer – prevention is good for us all anyway.

The book explains food groups and what they help our cells with; how the immune system is regulated; how much of each nutrient we need on a daily basis. I admit I can’t quite manage to eat everything everyday but I made myself a reminder flyer and put it prominently in the kitchen where I can consult it – it helps even if I know what it says by heart now 😉 I suppose ThreeTimesYes’ Julia could come up with some truly great juice recipes involving the healthy ingredients? Would be awesome, because I find it so hard at times to eat everything they say you need daily.

Kitchen chaos mastered: a neon yellow reminder on the right helps me keep track of the Dr Béliveau diet
Kitchen chaos mastered: a neon yellow reminder on the right helps with the Dr Béliveau diet

If you’ve been here from the start you know I adore practicability. I like that by following this nutrition tips you’ll find it easier to avoid the much critisized sugar-fast food-fat pitfalls of an unhealthy nutrition. It’s a two-in-one for me.

Vegetarians and vegans need to get extra knowledge though – this book clearly focuses on cancer-preventing or cancer-beating nutrients, not on an overall healthy diet – a bit is missing. It’s nevertheless a great read and has helped me to improve my nutrition amazingly.

Got nutrition tips, healthy recipes, resources or books you’d like to share? Do tell in the comments!.

8 Comments on “Food As Cancer Prevention | Bookshelf Monthly #2

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  7. I knew there was a reason I could hear the ‘Red’ calling of an evening! – Resveratrol found in berries, tea and redwine is also good for controlling stroke events apparently..?

    • yup, all very healthy. but other docs say that 1 glass of wine a day makes you an alcoholic o.O so I substitute with juice and/or fresh fruit, which is about as healthy. and the most important stuff of the grapes sits in the skins. so no “peel me a grape” attitude 🙂 tho I appreciate the soundtrack 😀