Eating mostly fruits, vegetables and other plant foods, staying a healthy weight and exercising are among AICR’s recommendations shown to reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Now a new study suggests that healthy people who follow at least five of AICR’s Recommendations have a lower risk of dying from cancer by more than half compared to those who don’t follow any. And the lower risk was seen with meeting just one recommendation, getting lower for each additional recommendation followed.
The study was published in the February issue of Cancer Causes & Control.
“We found that meeting the AICR recommendations for body weight, diet, and physical activity is associated with lower cancer mortality,” says lead author Theresa Hastert, an epidemiologist at University of Michigan School of Public Health who conducted the study while at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. “Although the benefits are greatest for people who meet the most recommendations, even meeting one or two can be protective.” Continue reading
Craving a hearty dish to ward off the January blues? Rely on our Health-e-Recipe for Terrific Turkey Meatloaf for a tasty and healthy version of this favorite comfort food.
Onion and mushrooms sautéed in olive oil add cancer-preventive phytochemicals and fiber to ground turkey, a healthier choice of animal protein than ground beef (especially the leanest 7% fat kind). Worcester sauce and thyme season the meat, then egg and breadcrumbs create the perfect texture. Tomato paste and ketchup add lycopene, a phytochemical that research shows may help to prevent prostate cancer.
For only 238 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving, you get a substantial 30 grams of protein. This yummy entrée goes beautifully with mashed sweet potatoes and a steamed leafy garlicky greens. Round out your plate (and fit the New American Plate model) with a whole-grain roll, and you’ll be ready for whatever winter weather challenges that come your way!
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If you were to go running there’s a good chance you’ll be yearning for an apple instead of a doughnut afterwards, suggests a recent brain imaging study, and that may be because your brain is pushing you towards water.
Physical activity is one factor that can influence our appetite, possibly by its role in altering our brain signals related to hunger and pleasure. This study focused on bouts of a high-intensity activity: running.
The study was small — 15 lean men — but it may help explain how exercise relates to hunger and overall health. It was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In the study, the men first ran for an hour and then at a later day, they rested for an hour. For each trial, the men had easy access to water.
Ten minutes after they ran or rested, researchers scanned specific areas of the men’s brain as they looked at two dozen food images. In random order, they saw images of high-calorie foods — such as brownies, ice cream, pizza and fried chicken — and low calorie foods, including grapes, apples, lettuce, and carrots. (They also saw two dozen images of non-food items.) Continue reading