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High-Protein, Low-Carb Diet Slows Tumor Growth, Reduces Risk Of Cancer

June 14, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A Canadian study in mice has found that the risk of cancer is significantly reduced by eating a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein. The researchers implanted different strains of human or mouse cancer cells in the mice, then fed them either of two diets. The Western-style diet comprised 55 percent carbohydrates, 23 percent protein and 22 percent fat. The other, which approximated the South Beach diet, comprised 15 percent carbohydrate, 58 percent protein and 26 percent fat. Tumor cells grew consistently slower on the high-protein diet, researchers found. And half of mice genetically engineered to breast cancer that ate the Western diet developed breast cancer in their first year of life. None of the high-protein diet mice developed cancer.
V. W. Ho, et al., "A Low Carbohydrate, High Protein Diet Slows Tumor Growth and Prevents Cancer Initiation", Cancer Research, June 14, 2011, © American Association for Cancer Research
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