Coffee in the Doctor’s Waiting Room?

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takeout coffeeYou can relax with that second cup of joe and not worry about an increased risk of cancer, but your doctor may not have heard that message.

AICR/WCRF expert report found no link between coffee consumption and cancer, and subsequent studies have reinforced that finding.

Although research has quelled fears about a coffee-cancer link many people are still unaware of that fact.  In fact, slightly more than one-third of health professionals thought coffee was linked to cancer, according to a survey conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

This study was done in the UK, so we don’t know if similar results would be found in the U.S.

U.S. coffee drinkers need to keep in mind that additions such as whipped cream, syrups and other sweeteners pack in the calories.  If regularly consumed, those extra calories can lead to overweight and obesity, which is a cause of cancer.  And, if you have sleep difficulties, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you should limit coffee.

Since coffee may offer health benefits due to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds it contains, if you don’t have reason to avoid it, go ahead and enjoy that second cup.  Just keep it simple – plain – or with a little skim or lowfat milk.

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    Your AICR Guide to Tasteful and Tasty Gifts

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    With our easy to follow gift-giving guide, your holiday shopping will be done in no time.  Find the friend(s) or relative(s) described below, follow the link and you’ll be set. Then – relax and enjoy the holiday season!

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    The Chocoholic:  Make a batch of Chocolate-Dipped Fruit or Three-Way Hot Cocoa Mix; package attractively and attach the fun health facts from our website.

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    The Aspiring Chef:  The New American Plate Cookbook from AICR with 200 delicious and healthy recipes and luscious illustrations.

    The Practical OrganizerAICR 2010 Calendar.  Fun illustrations with healthy tips and mouth-watering, monthly recipes.

    Nieces, Nephews, Grandchildren: Kids Coloring Recipe Book. Fun with healthy food – a great stocking-stuffer.

    For a loved one who is a cancer survivor: “A Dietitian’s Cancer Story” by Diana Dyer, MS, RD offers information and inspiration for recovery and healing.  Or a donation to AICR in their name can be a way to honor their courage and hope.

    Enjoy your healthy holiday shopping!

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      Colon Cancer Deaths to Drop Dramatically?

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      According to a new report published in the journal Cancer, the number of deaths in the United States from colon cancer could drop significantly in the next decade due to improved screening and treatment.  In the past 10 years, the death rate has dropped 20% according to the report.  By 2020, the researchers predict, the death rate will be one half of what it was in 2000.

      This is good news, but colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers according to David  S. Alberts, MD .  Diet and physical activity play an important role in lowering cancer risk and Dr. Alberts believes this is a message everyone should hear.

      AICR’s expert report showed convincing evidence that consumption of processed meat, high amounts of red meat, body fatness and alcohol are causes of colorectal cancer.   Physical activity was shown convincingly to reduce risk of colon cancer.  Foods containing fiber and certain vegetables may also decrease risk for colorectal cancer.

      AICR recommends that Americans focus on incorporating healthy habits to lower their risk for developing cancer.  Eating a mostly plant-based diet, limiting red meat to less than 18 oz per week, exercising at least 30 minutes daily and maintaining a healthy weight are ways to reduce risk for cancer as well as other chronic diseases.

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