Grain fact sheet and cancer

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Grain fact sheet and cancer

  1. 1. Diet and CancerWhole Grains and CancerWhy should I be concerned about cancer?Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US. It kills1 out of every 4 Americans each year.How is diet related to cancer?Diet may be linked to as much as one-third of all cancer cases in theUS. Recent research has shown that components of plant foods calledphytochemicals may decrease cancer risk.What are phytochemicals?“Phyto” comes from the Greek word for plant.Phytochemicals are natural parts of plants that FAST FACTS... may help prevent chronic diseases like cancer. Wheat is grown in 42 states in the US.How do whole grains decrease cancer risk? Barley is the fourth largest grain crop inWhole grains are made up of all parts of the grain— the world after wheat, rice, and corn!the bran (fiber-rich outer layer), the endosperm(middle layer), and the germ (nutrient-rich inner layer). Only 5% of the world’s oat crop isIn addition to fiber and vitamins and minerals, whole consumed by humans—the majority isgrains contain phytochemicals (phytoestrogens, fed to animals.lignans and phytates) that may decrease cancer risk. Quinoa may be a better protein source than soy!Whole Grains in YOUR diet...Include 1 to 2 servings of whole grains per day. Oneserving is 1/2 cup of cooked whole grains or 3/4 to 1 cupof dry whole grain cereal or 1 slice of whole grain bread. Whole Grain Fiber (g/serving)* Bulgur, 1/2 cup 5 Barley, 1/2 cup 4 Prepared by J. Lynne Brown, Ph.D., R. D. Brown Rice, 1/2 cup 2 Associate Professor Food Science Oats, 1/2 cup 2 Layout and Design by Dave Varley Quinoa, 1/2 cup 2 c The Pennsylvania State University 2004 Corn, 1/2 cup 2 College of Agricultural Sciences *Average grams per 1/2 cup cooked whole grains. Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension

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