Balsamic grilled veggies, simple, quick and packed with flavor

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With summer in full swing and July 4th right around the corner, now’s the perfect time for grilling. Although grilling is a great way to add a smoky flavor to food, there are some downsides to this cooking method. Barbecue grills are mostly used to cook meat, and the high heat and smoke can cause harmful substances to form in these foods. Carcinogens and compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) formed during grilling may increase your risk of cancer.

For tips to minimize the risks of grilling, follow AICR’s guide to healthy grilling. Even more importantly than how you cook your food, I like to focus instead on what foods to eat more of. Grilling vegetables does not produce HCAs, and eating more plant-based foods will actually help lower your risk of cancer. Read more… “Balsamic grilled veggies, simple, quick and packed with flavor”

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    Sitting at your standing desk? Workplace study shows strategies that get you up

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    How much time do you spend sitting? If you work in an office, chances are it’s an average of around 11 hours a day and that most of your time spent sitting happens at work.

    By now, you’ve probably heard that spending too much time sitting isn’t great for your health. Too much sedentary time may increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and overall mortality. Making an effort to move more throughout the day may lower your cancer risk and improve your overall health.

    In order to help their employees sit less, some employers have installed special desks that can be raised or lowered so that workers have the option to sit or stand. But in order for sit-stand desks to work, employees must use them.

    A recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests strategies that offices can use to make sure investments in sit-stand desks pay off. Read more… “Sitting at your standing desk? Workplace study shows strategies that get you up”

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      Review, Following AICR Recommendations for Cancer Prevention Really Does Prevent Cancer

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      Eating plenty of plant foods, being active and following AICR’s other recommendations for cancer prevention consistently and significantly decreases cancer incidence and death, finds the first independently-conducted review of the research on the topic. The study was published today in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.

      AICR research shows that almost a third of the most common US cancers could be prevented by following AICR Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.

      Today’s paper looked at studies that investigated how both AICR Recommendations and American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for cancer prevention linked to incidence and mortality. Read more… “Review, Following AICR Recommendations for Cancer Prevention Really Does Prevent Cancer”

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