Garden-Based Intervention Study Supports Healthier Eating for Cancer Survivors

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A garden that provides cancer survivors with fresh produce enables greater intake of fruits and vegetables, along with improved quality of life, suggests the findings a new study.

The results of this ongoing study were presented as a poster this week at AICR’s research conference – findings have not yet gone through the peer-reviewed publishing process.

The study was based on Ohio State University’s (OSU) Garden of Hope, a garden designed in collaboration with OSU’s agricultural research center. Read more… “Garden-Based Intervention Study Supports Healthier Eating for Cancer Survivors”

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    A Vegan Saag Packed with a Medley of Cancer-Protection

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    spinach-saag-and-golden-tofu copyFans of Indian food know that saag is a spinach sauce seasoned with cumin, turmeric and other spices that have cancer-preventing qualities. Our new Healthy Recipe for Spinach Saag (pronounced sog) uses health-protective soy as the protein in this delicious dish.

    Restaurants feature saag made with paneer, a type of Indian cottage cheese. Paneer has a similar texture and color to firm tofu, made from soybeans. Soy adds protein, nutrients and a set of phytochemicals called isoflavones to your foods.

    In this recipe, the tofu is given an appetizing golden color from sautéing first in neutrally-flavored canola oil. If the canola oil doesn’t produce enough of a golden effect, stir in a pinch of turmeric as you sautee it. When you add the tofu to the spinach sauce, it will absorb the flavors of the turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander, garam masala spice mix and onions. Read more… “A Vegan Saag Packed with a Medley of Cancer-Protection”

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      6 Tips to Spring into Beautiful, Practical Asparagus

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      5-26 asparagus blog 9407278_m copySpring asparagus is here and cooking up elegant spears of bright green asparagus takes only minutes and supplies cancer-preventing compounds in any meal. All asparagus is a good source of the B vitamin folate and vitamins C and A, as well as antioxidant compounds like glutathione and rutin.

      Here’s a few tips to cook and enjoy this versatile vegetable.

      1. Refrigerate raw asparagus like a bouquet, upright with the bottoms of the stalks in a jar or container of water and the tops covered with a plastic bag up to four days.

      2. Try not to waterlog and overcook asparagus by boiling it too much. Instead, preserve its color freshness and crunch by microwaving it or steaming over water for just a few minutes.

      3. After washing the asparagus, break or cut at an inch or two off the tougher bottom ends of the stalks. Then cut it into smaller pieces or leave the stalks intact. Read more… “6 Tips to Spring into Beautiful, Practical Asparagus”

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