BBC 1 The One Show - Cancer

Yvonne Bishop-Weston on BBC1 The One Show

BBC 1 The One Show


BBC 1 The One Show

Adrian Chiles BBC1



Foods for Life nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston was an expert guest on BBC 1, The One Show talking about Nutrition’s role in preventing or increasing the risks of cancer. The interview was with Adrian Chiles.


Wine - Bowel Cancer

A new report suggested that anything over one glass of wine could increase the risks of bowel cancer. Adrian Chiles said he thought that wine was good for you. Yvonne said studies have shown that the anti-oxidants in a glass of wine could be beneficial in the fight against heart disease but that once you have two or more glasses per day research suggests that the negative effects of the alcohol, such as bowel cancer or mouth cancer, outweigh any benefits.

Cauliflower & Broccoli

Adrian revealed in another report this week it was shown that only one portion of broccoli and cauliflower per week could reduce the risks of developing prostate cancer by 40-50%. Yvonne said that she recommends a portion of broccoli or cauliflower every day – at least 3-4 times per week as there are many useful minerals and vitamins in the vegetables. She says however that you should beware getting hung up on one particular food – variety truly is the spice of life – tomatoes are full of the antioxidant Lycopene which has also been shown to be useful in the fight against prostate cancer.

Life Assurance Discounts for Vegetarians

Adrian asked if this is the reason why Vegetarians are getting discounts on their life assurance. Yvonne said that Vegetarians and vegans are far healthier than average even though they are more likely to be motivated by ethics rather than health reasons. She said that anybody who takes responsibility for their health, such as non smokers should be rewarded with incentives.

Coffee - Cure for cancer?

Finally caffeine rich coffee addict and grumpy brummie, Adrian Chiles lifted the lid on coffee.  He was clearly not impressed when Yvonne told Adrian he should have no more than one cup of coffee per day – preferably none at all. Clearly in need of another ‘fix’ Chiles had read that a new study had shown that coffee could reduce the risks of getting skin cancer.  Yvonne pointed out that the research had been done on mice rather than humans and had involved exercise too.  She said that there were far better ways of boosting your immune system and protecting yourself against skin cancer without the side effects.

Ironically Vitamin D (which is made in the body after exposure to the sun) is quoted in numerous studies as supporting the immune system and protecting against cancers including skin cancer.

Side effects from caffeine have been shown to be linked with depression, bone loss, infertility and miscarriage. Caffeine has also been implicated in fat deposition and with nearly a third of the population now dangerously overweight this is a consequence that needs to be taken seriously.

Yvonne advised that people with a predisposition to diabetes or high blood pressure or who are struggling to control their weight should avoid caffeine altogether.


 Note: Under UK law nutritionists and BANT members are not permitted to 'treat' cancer. You should seek medical advice from your GP and then if you choose seek nutrition support from a qualified nutritionist who can advise you on complementary ways to optimise your immune system.