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Author: Sonja Goedkoop
Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, is the lead registered dietitian at Zesty, Inc. She is passionate about helping others improve their health through diet and physical activity and believes eating nutritious food should be easy and taste great. You can follow her on Twitter @SonjaGoedkoopRD.
Eating smart, moving more and staying lean are actions we know can lower risk for many common cancers, including breast.
Now, new research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium last week showed that having type 2 diabetes significantly increases risk for postmenopausal breast cancer. In the Swedish study, women over age 60 with diabetes had a 37 percent increased risk for developing breast cancer if their diabetes had been diagnosed up to four years before cancer was diagnosed. AICR has written about the Diabetes-Cancer Connection, so this new study adds to the data showing a link between the two diseases.
Excess body fat is one shared risk factor for diabetes and cancer, so there are steps you can take to lower your risk for both diseases.
Get an early start to your New Year’s resolutions by finding ways to fit in more physical activity and choosing smaller portions of higher calorie foods to help get to and maintain a healthy weight. And that way you’ll feel even better this holiday season. Look here for some great ideas: Learning How to Fit Moving Into Your Already Busy Day, and Holiday Recipes from the AICR Test Kitchen. (Spoiler alert! Regular household cleaning counts as activity…and did you know pudding can be healthy?)
What do you do to stay a healthy weight during the holidays?
What time is it? GAME FOOD TIME! Football season is getting intense, and it’s the perfect time to host a party with friends (or rivals) and serve up some crowd-pleasing, cancer-fighting snacks and sides.
Turn up the heat this weekend with spicy homemade sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and foods containing beta-carotene are linked to lower risk of esophageal cancer. Beta-carotene is better absorbed with a little fat which you’ll get from the olive oil in our recipe (below).
Love snacking on potato chips during the game, but want something less greasy? Try these lightly salted, crispy kale chips for a delicious game time bite. Kale is one of many cruciferous vegetables widely studied for their potential role in cancer prevention. (Read more in AICR’s Foods that Fight Cancer section.) You’ll hardly know you’re eating kale – these chips are the perfect way to get even picky-eaters snacking on healthy greens!
…What about a winning entrée? Combine two football favorites, beef chili and mac & cheese, with this wholesome recipe for Superbowl Chili Mac.
Let’s face it, some people just don’t love the taste of plain water (myself included). At AICR’s Annual Research Conference this year, the tables were adorned with water pitchers filled with beautiful fruits and vibrant herbs – “Infused Waters.” I didn’t have to force myself to drink water like I usually do – these waters were so appealing that I went back for more.
The water with fresh strawberries and mint leaves was refreshing and ever so slightly sweet. Here’s how to make it:
1. Slice 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
2. Select several sprigs of fresh mint and rinse if needed
Add to 1-2 quarts of fresh, cold water and refrigerate for several hours to let flavors mingle. The longer you let it soak (even up to a day), the more prominent the flavors will become.
The pitcher of lemon and basil water was just as unique and delicious:
1. Slice 1 whole lemon
2. Select 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Add to 1-2 quarts of fresh, cold water and refrigerate as in the previous recipe. This water reminded me of a fragrant, summer herb garden.