Five minute chat, a few dollars can up families fruit/veggie intake

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Eating vegetables and fruit are key to a healthy, cancer-protective diet, yet few Americans meet the daily serving recommendations, with low-income consumers finding it especially difficult. But a recent study demonstrated how a brief discussion combined with a $10 voucher incentive could modestly boost families’ vegetable and fruit consumption.

Even a modest improvement in diet is important for cancer and other chronic disease prevention. Independent studies have shown people can live longer and lower their risk for breast and prostate cancers when following more of AICR’s recommendations, including a plant-based diet. Read more… “Five minute chat, a few dollars can up families fruit/veggie intake”

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    Can blackened toast and crispy french fries lead to cancer? AICR weighs in

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    Can burned toast and blackened potatoes lead to cancer? It’s a story making headlines today because of an initiative a UK government agency has taken to highlight a substance found in these products that are a “possible concern” for increased cancer risk.

    The compound is called acrylamide and it’s generally formed when you cook up some starchy foods at high temperatures, over 120 degrees. The sugars and amino acids in the foods cause a reaction, the Maillard reaction, which leads to acrylamide.

    In lab studies, animals consuming higher amounts of acrylamide get more cancer. Yet human studies on an acrylamide-cancer link are inconclusive.  Read more… “Can blackened toast and crispy french fries lead to cancer? AICR weighs in”

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      Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk

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      Among kids, teens and young adults, private insurance claims for type 2 diabetes more than doubled from 2011 to 2015, according to a new paper from an organization that analyzes healthcare costs and insurance. Obesity claims also increased during this same time period.

      The report from FAIR Health adds to the concerning data on obesity and diabetes among youth. While obesity among children has leveled off in recent years, the increase over the past several decades now means more than one in three children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

      The findings hold concerning information on cancer risk as these youth may face many decades later. Read more… “Type 2 diabetes among youth doubles over 5 years, troubling for later cancer risk”

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