Do You Have Questions about Flaxseed and Breast Cancer?

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Does flaxseed  offer protection against breast cancer?

How can I incorporate flaxseed into my diet?

Flax Flower

For answers to these and other questions, join us today for an online chat with AICR’s Nutrition Advisor Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN.  Karen will be online starting at 1:00 ET to answer your questions about the research and to provide some practical advice on flaxseed use.


    Label Literacy

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just released its 2008 survey on U.S. adults’ behaviors, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about health and diet.

    Fifty four percent of those surveyed said they read food labels the first time they buy a food.  That’s up from 44% in 2002.

    Most people (2/3 of consumers) use the labels to see how high or low a food is in things like calories, salt, vitamins or fat.

    Using labels is an important step in creating a healthy diet and understanding how to read it is key.  Check out this month’s AICR e-News for some guidance on portion size and serving size.

    The AICR Guide to the Nutrition Facts Label also provides great information on how to use the label.

    Do you read labels?  What do you look for on the label?


      Continuous Snack Attacks

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      Apparently kids love snacks, now more than ever. According to a large study that looked at snack habits over three decades, children are now eating almost three snacks per day as compared with 30 years ago, when they ate an average of about one a day. And unfortunately, the snacks aren’t broccoli and apples.

      The study found that snacks made up over a quarter of children’s daily calories — over 27%. The largest increases came from salty snacks and candy. Desserts and sweetened beverages were the major sources of calories from snacks.

      The study was published in the March issue of Health Affairs; you can read the abstract here. Study researchers looked at national surveys of food intake in about 31,000 U.S. children, from 1977 to 2006.

      One of the big findings came from preschoolers, who showed the largest increase in snacking. Children aged 2 to 6 consumed an extra 181 calories per day during snack time compared to two decades earlier.

      Given the increase in US obesity rates and the health hazards excess weight brings — including increasing the risk of cancer — this study suggests unhealthy snacks may be one culprit in weight gain.

      Need snack help for you or your kids? You can get ideas from Homemade for Health: Snacks.

      Have healthy snack ideas of your own? Share.