Cara Anselmo, MS, RDN, CDN

Cara Anselmo, MS, RDN, CDNCara is a Registered Dietitian at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She specializes in oncology nutrition and weight management. She also works as a certified yoga instructor, teaching classes and workshops.

Superfoods and Everyday Heroes
I’d like to retire the word “superfood.” I don’t think a select few fruits and vegetables are the end-all and be-all of healthy eating. This is not to say that items like kale or blueberries aren’t especially healthful. But choosing a variety of whole plant foods as part of a balanced diet is much more important.
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Five Myths About Nutrition and Breast Cancer
In my work in oncology nutrition, I have heard many statements about cancer and nutrition from both patients and healthcare providers alike. Following are brief explanations to help clarify what’s sensible and evidence-based versus what’s inaccurate and unfounded.
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Loosening the Grip on Calories
In plenty of situations it is appropriate to focus on exact numbers. But evidence is starting to confirm something I’ve long believed: For the purposes of weight management, longevity, and quality of life, we likely overestimate the importance of calculating calories. What is more important then? I suggest, looking at the larger picture.
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Myths About Soy Debunked
Whether the conversation is about cancer, vegan diets, or just the taste of foods, everyone seems to have an opinion about soy. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, perhaps from well-meaning sources, but potentially troublesome nonetheless. Here’s an attempt to offer some clarity.
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Why You Should Be Concerned About BPA
BPA, or bisphenol A, a chemical used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, has come under scrutiny for potentially harmful health effects. Small amounts of BPA leach from containers into the foods and beverages they hold, especially when those contents are acidic, high in fat, or heated. Concern about BPA lies in its potential action as an endocrine disruptor, a category of chemicals that can alter normal hormone-dependent physiology.
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Nutrition for Cancer Patients
Maintaining good nutrition during and after cancer treatment is essential for recovery. A healthy diet can help boost energy, regulate body weight, fight infection, and decrease treatment-related side effects. It also can (and should) be a pleasurable part of your daily life.
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