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.

April 12, 2010 | 1 minute read

The Science of Calorie Density

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This content was last updated on June 10, 2020

Think of it as “calories per bite.”

Foods that are high in fat and/or sugar tend to be packed tightly with calories. In such cases, looks can be deceiving — even relatively small amounts might contribute more calories to your daily intake than you’ve bargained for.

Other foods whose “bulk” is provided by things like fiber or water — like many plant foods — are low in calorie density.  You can eat more of these foods, because each bite packs less of a caloric wallop.

Sounds simple, no?  It’s really all you need to know to get started making meals that are lower in overall caloric density – meals that maximize flavor, variety and cancer protection while helping lose — or maintain — weight.

That’s why calorie density is such an important part of AICR’s message.  It’s the science behind our New American Plate approach to eating for a healthy weight  and healthy life, and it’s something we think about as we develop AICR’s healthy recipes.

Our brochures are full of ideas on how to eat better for lower cancer risk and better health.

And this section of the AICR website also contains lots of practical tips.

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