Garden Harvest: What to Do with All Those Cancer-Fighting Summer Squash

Last week I wrote about the importance of eating vegetables and fruit for health and cancer prevention. It’s the peak of summer garden produce now – a great time to load your plate with delicious, fresh and seasonal veggies and fruit.Summer Squash_med

If you’re a gardener, friends with a gardener, or a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), that means there’s a good chance you have a kitchen full of zucchini and summer squash.

You’ll benefit from your these foods’ vitamins, minerals and cancer protective phytochemicals, but also get the bonus of filling up on low calorie and fiber-packed dishes. AICR’s expert report and continuous updates found that non-starchy vegetables, like summer squash, lower risk for cancers of the esophagus, stomach, mouth, pharynx and larynx.

After you’ve steamed, stir-fried and made zucchini bread, you may be wondering what else you can do with these summer staples. Here are some of AICR’s tested recipes to help you use that bounty in a healthy and delicious way: Continue reading


Scotch Bonnet Peppers in a Tropical Slaw

caribbean-cabbage croppedTake a virtual trip to the Caribbean when you make our islands-inspired Health-e-Recipe for Caribbean Cabbage.

Scotch bonnet peppers are a popular ingredient in Jamaican cooking, where they spice up even cold dishes like this one. They contain capsaicin, a phytochemical that may ward off inflammation.

This dish teems with cancer-preventive compounds thanks to the cabbage, which contains some of the same protective substances as its cruciferous relatives broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Onion, scallion and garlic contribute healthy sulphur compounds while carrots and tomato add the carotenoid phytochemicals beta-carotene and lycopene. Fresh thyme provides the finishing touch.

So imagine you’re sitting on a beautiful beach with the aquamarine sea rolling in as you enjoy this healthy slaw. Find more delicious cancer-fighting recipes at the AICR Test Kitchen. Subscribe to our weekly Health-e-Recipes.


Weight Loss, Cancer Prevention and Health: Why Vegetables and Fruits Matter

If you’ve been working hard to eat more broccoli or blueberries, headlines like “Fruits and vegetables don’t lead to weight loss, study says” can drive you crazy. You may wonder if it’s worth the effort. I certainly hear from people questioning whether they can trust any nutrition and weight loss messages when they see headlines like these.NAP-Plate-v02

Make no mistake about it, fruits and vegetables are a key part of a cancer-preventive diet. And they can play a role in getting to and staying a healthy weight – important for lowering risk for eight cancers and other chronic diseases. Even the authors of that recent study acknowledge that in their paper. So why the confusing messages?

Here’s what that study was about: The authors say that health organizations promote increasing veggies and fruit for weight loss without explaining the need to also decrease overall calories. So they looked for studies that tested the idea that simply adding vegetables and fruit to your diet will lead to weight loss. Continue reading