What’s the Difference Between the Western, Mediterranean and Asian Diets?

Dr. Heather Paulson describes the difference between the Western, Mediterranean and Asian Diets

support during colon cancerThe standard Western Diet has come under fire in the past few years, and in increasingly people are turning to more global dishes for their nutrition.

When we look at studies that examine the link between diet and colon cancer, there is a clear link between the Standard American Diet, also known as the SAD diet ,and colon cancer cell growth. 

A SAD diet usually includes a lot of saturated fat, so which means fried foods or red meat, those are foods that are most commonly high in saturated fats and a SAD diet also includes a lot of processed foods.

The other side of the diet coin that looks at preventing colon cancer cell growth are things like the Mediterranean diet and diets in Japan, like the Okinawa diet.

For more on these diets, watch Dr. Heather Paulson in the this video:

Video Transcript

Heather Paulson ND FABNO:  When we look at studies that examine the link between diet and colon cancer, there is a clear link between the Standard American Diet also known as the SAD diet and colon cancer cell growth.  A SAD diet usually includes a lot of saturated fat, so which means fried foods or red meat, those are foods that are most commonly high in saturated fats and a SAD diet also includes a lot of processed foods, so things that come in packages with loads of sugar, chemicals, and preservatives. 

The other side of the diet coin that looks at preventing colon cancer cell growth are things like the Mediterranean diet and also studies about diets in Japan or the Okinawa diet and those diet seemed to incorporate a little bit of a different concept than what we have been talked here in America.  What they like to focus on is eating healthy fats, so olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and there are research studies that show that olive oil reduces inflammation in the colon and reduces the risk of colon cancer cell growth. 

There has also been studies that have shown eating fish which is a huge part of the Okinawa diet and how fish eating more than two times per week significantly reduces your risk of colon cancer recurrence, so we look towards these other countries that have less processed foods in their diet and tried to mimic okay we want some more healthy fats.  We want some whole foods.  We want to make sure we incorporate some vegetables and some lean proteins and fish that is where we find the most benefit for reducing your risk of colon cancer or even reducing your risk of colon cancer recurrence.

Heather Paulson, ND FABNO
A member of the Arizona Natural Health Center Cancer Care team and a highly trained Naturopathic Oncologist and Fellow to the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Dr. Heather Paulson focuses on helping people diagnosed with cancer bring their bodies back to a natural state of wellness.


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