Dr. Thomson discusses if antioxidants are less useful when a woman consumes dairy products.
I don’t think we have any evidence that dairy foods or that nutrients in dairy foods interact with antioxidants per se. During the discussions yesterday, the milk issue was more related to hormone exposure and whether that’s problematic for breast cancer. Again, we don’t have any definitive evidence. We cannot necessarily do a clinical trial where we say, “Here, drink a bunch of milk and let’s see what happens to your tumor.”
We might be able to do something like that modified in a mouse model of mammary cancer. So I am not sure we’ll ever have that answer, and again, this is something when women ask me, I say, you know, it’s a catch-22. I don’t want you to be so obsessed about having a little milk on your cereal that you can’t eat your cereal and enjoy your cereal. But on the other hand, the theoretical evidence may challenge people and people may feel uncomfortable drinking a lot of dairy, and so again, I think we get back to moderation, you know.
You do what’s reasonable for you so that you are not obsessing about every bite that goes in your mouth. You can still enjoy food. Food is about enjoyment.
About Dr. Thomson, Ph.D., R.D.:
Dr. Cynthia Thomson, Ph.D., R.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is a registered dietitian with a doctoral degree in nutritional sciences. She has been conducting cancer research since 1994. Dr. Thomson was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2003.