Making the Most of Cheese

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Cheese lovers may feel they have to cut out cheese altogether to follow a healthy, cancer-fighting diet. But AICR  doesn’t advise cutting any favorite food out entirely.

This week’s Health-e-Recipe, Fennel and Red Grapefruit Salad with Asiago Cheese, shows how a little cheese can go a long way. Hard cheeses like Parmesan, Romano and Asiago have a strong taste, so grated or shredded, it doesn’t take much to flavor healthy vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Two soft cheeses – goat, which is spreadable, and crumbly feta – also give you a lot of taste in small amounts. Enjoy an ounce (4 dice) of regular softer checheeseeses in low-fat versions to help limit calories and fat. Use a cheese plane – a flat metal spatula with a slit at the base that slides over cheese to cut thinner slices than a knife.

If you avoid automatically piling cheese on sandwiches, pizza and other dishes and savor a little at a time instead, cheese can fit into a healthy diet. Click here to get a healthy recipe each week from AICR’s Test Kitchen.

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    Double Duty Health Strategies: Heart Disease & Cancer

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    This month is American Heart Month and you’ve probably read a story on how to protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States; cancer is the second.
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    It’s a good thing then, that the lifestyle strategies recommended to prevent heart disease are strikingly similar to those of cancer prevention. In short: eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and stay a healthy weight.

    The latest issue of AICR’s Cancer Research Update examines the similarities – and difference – in the recommendations to reduce risk for heart disease and cancer.

    You can read the CRU article here.

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      AICR Launches Spanish Summary of Policy Report

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      Yesterday, at an event at the Headquarters of the Pan-American Health Organization (the regional office of the World Health Organization in the Americas), we launched the Spanish summary of our major report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention.

      Launch of AICR PAHO Spanish Policy Summary, PAHO HQ
      Launch of AICR/PAHO Spanish Summary, PAHO HQ
      Press questions at AICR PAHO Summary Launch
      Press Questions at AICR/PAHO Summary Launch

      The summary was published jointly by AICR and PAHO, and adapts the report’s global policy recommendation to Latin American countries.

      The launch event here in DC was well-attended, and over 30 countries participated via web. A lively discussion followed (the Q and A session went on for over 30 minutes) including the comments of the Deputy Health Minister of Panama, who participated by phone.

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      AICR Vice President for Programs Deirdre McGinley-Gieser spoke briefly to fit the new summary into the wider context of AICR’s ongoing mission, and to express how excited we are to partner with PAHO, an organization that can help effect the kind of changes that could lower cancer rates in the Americas and save millions of lives.

      You can read about the AICR/WCRF Policy Report here.

      The Spanish summary is available on PAHO website.

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