Health experts are raising concerns about misinformation being shared about cancer and nutrition.
Dr. Tracy Crane with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was part of a multi-center team that found a third of posts on Pinterest made unsubstantiated cancer nutrition claims in order to promote supplements and other products.
Crane helped co-author the American Cancer Society’s new guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer survivors.
“We know now that specific recommendations should be made around following a healthy diet, primarily plant based, high in fruits and vegetables paying specific attention to brightly colored vegetable and fruit as well as high fiber, whole grains and really reducing intake of processed foods and meat in particular,” Crane said.
The new guidelines also recommend screening of all cancer survivors for any potential nutritional deficiency.