Nutrition FAQ

Mpower Prostate Cancer Registry

Nutrition FAQ

The information provided here is general in nature and should not be construed to be medical advice for specific health conditions or a substitute for professional medical care. If you have, or suspect you may have, a health problem, you should consult a licensed health care provider.

Marian Neuhouser, PhD, RD

Dr. Neuhouser's research focuses on diet and physical activity in relation to energy balance and cancer risk, specifically of the breast and prostate.

What are the foods I should avoid?

Try to avoid foods that have a lot of added sugars, sodium (salt) and fats (such as butter and oils). Consume these in moderation or save for special occasions.

What are the foods I should make sure I have in my diet?

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Fill up your plate with as many colors as possible. Protein includes legumes, beans such as kidney beans and garbanzo beans as well as lean meats.

Should I drink coffee/tea?

It is fine to drink coffee and tea.

Should I eat soy?

Soy foods are safe to eat. Soy is a healthy source of protein. However, stay away from soy supplements- including powders and pills

Should I take a multivitamin?

Most people do not need to take a multivitamin. Make sure that you eat several servings of fruits and vegetables each day as well as whole grains and lean protein. Try to keep sweets and added sugars to a minimum.

Should I avoid selenium/ vitamin E?

Natural sources of selenium and vitamin E from foods are fine. Avoid dietary supplements with selenium or vitamin E, which have doses that are too high.  Especially those that contain only selenium or vitamin E as these types.

Should I avoid alcohol?

Drink no more than one to two drinks per day.

Should I take Saw Palmentto?

There is not enough evidence to support benefits for prostate cancer.

Should I take Super Beta Prostate?

This has not been tested in scientific studies; there is not enough evidence to support benefits for prostate cancer.