When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

September 30, 2010 | 2 minute read

A Healthier Diet without a Higher Price

Common wisdom says that healthy foods cost more than “junk” or less healthy foods.

However, a new study looking at food cost and diet healthfulness challenges that idea.  The researchers found that although those who spent more on food generally had healthier diets, those who spent the least could – and some did – improve their diet without spending more.  Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors reported that selecting more plant-based food and less red and processed meat and high fat dairy improved diets without increasing cost.

The healthfulness of diets among participants of the Nurses’ Health Study was evaluated using the Alternative Health Eating Index (AHEI) – a tool that awards points for eating healthier items.  High scores on the AHEI are associated with lower rates of chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease (CVD).

At all spending levels there were differences of 25-29 points in these AHEI scores.  An increase of 20 points in the index means a 25% relative risk reduction in cardiovascular disease.  Participants with higher scores achieved these specifically by choosing more nuts, soy and beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry.

Although this study looked at CVD, the foods that improved dietary scores are also foods shown to help prevent several cancers – fruits, non-starchy vegetables and foods containing dietary fiber.  In addition less red and processed meats also means lower risk for colorectal cancer.

The results of this study show that AICR’s recommendation to eat a mostly plant-based diet can not only lower risk for cancer and CVD, but can also save money.

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