Holiday Hangups: The One Plate Rule & More Tips for Cancer Prevention

Are you expecting a season of holiday parties, special treats, being too busy to exercise and feeling extra stress? At our latest tweetchat we talked strategies for powering through those and other Holiday Hangups – health stoppers that can derail our usual habits that help us stay healthy, keep our weight in check, and lower risk for cancer.TG_plate_dreamstime_xs_34940592

I selected three topics we discussed and chose some of my favorite tips from tweetchat participants. Perhaps you’ll find an idea or two to help you stay on the healthy track tomorrow and beyond. The goal: Enjoy the holidays and delicious food AND stay energized and satisfied, but not stuffed.

1. Social gatherings – how do you manage to sneak in some healthy eating?

  • The one plate rule, especially if I’m at a holiday buffet!
  • I slim down my [drink] by choosing calorie-free beverages like sparkling water or club soda.
  • Step away from sights and smells of the buffet table. I spend a mindful moment deciding how hungry I actually am. Continue reading


Lab Study: Purple Sweet Potatoes as Colon Cancer Fighters

Purple sweet potatoes (yes, purple) are packed with flavor, fiber, and flavonoids—and are especially high in anthocyanins, the deeply pigmented flavonoid phytochemicals found in many blue, red, or purple fruits, vegetables, and grains such as berries, red grapes, red cabbages, and black rice.purpPot_canstockphoto11111336

Now, a new lab study suggests that these brilliant-colored tubers are actually cancer-fighting powerhouses that may play a role in protection from colorectal cancer.

The study, published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, examined the role of a specially bred anthocyanin-rich purple sweet potato (with the secret agent-like name “P40”) in colorectal cancer prevention.

The authors of the study conducted two experiments. First, they compared the cancer-fighting effects of three different sweet potato varieties—a cream-fleshed potato called “O’Henry,” a purple-skinned, white-fleshed potato called “NC Japanese,” and the brilliant purple-skinned and purple-fleshed P40—when added to the diets of mice. They injected the mice with a known carcinogen and placed the mice into groups to receive a diet enriched with O’ Henry, NC Japanese, P40, or regular mouse chow, which served as a control. Continue reading


For National Men’s Health Week, Get the Facts on Cancer Prevention

Active senior man, in blue t-shirt and shorts, walking golden retriever along woodland path, smiling, front view, portraitThe week leading up to Father’s Day is National Men’s Health Week, which is dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment among men and boys.

Here at AICR, we’re proud to do our part by highlighting the message that many of the most common cancers in males have significant links to lifestyle factors. (For some cancers common in men, however, no strong links to diet, weight or physical activity have been identified; for these cancers, screening and early detection are key.)

Let’s start by taking a look at the most common cancer in men (besides skin cancer). Continue reading