Cook dinner at home – save money, eat healthier

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If you’re like many people you may think that eating a healthy diet means higher food costs, whether you eat out or cook. But a recent study finds that people who cook more dinners save $2 a day on food – and they have significantly healthier diets than those who cook less often.

This matters for cancer prevention. A healthy diet – one with plenty of vegetables, whole grains and beans, low in sugar and added fat – provides cancer protective nutrients and helps you get to and stay a healthy weight, an important step to lowering cancer risk. Obesity increases risk for many cancers, including colorectal, endometrial and liver.

In this study, researchers surveyed over 400 Seattle residents and gathered data on how often they cooked dinner and ate out, how much they spent on food and beverages, and what they ate and drank. Read more… “Cook dinner at home – save money, eat healthier”

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    Making Your BBQ Sauce With a Sweet and Spicy Twist

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    Most barbecue sauces are made with high fructose corn syrup and other highly processed ingredients that may be harmful to your health. By making your own sauce, you have control over the ingredients. This sweet and spicy sauce gives a twist on traditional pulled pork sandwiches that makes for a great 4th of July recipe that you can make ahead of time in a slow cooker.

    Although I love hosting barbecues this time of year, I find day-of cooking stressful. You can make this sauce up to 3 days ahead of time and keep it refrigerated to plan ahead. Read more… “Making Your BBQ Sauce With a Sweet and Spicy Twist”

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      Broccoli extract may lower blood sugar among some with diabetes, study finds

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      Nearly 30 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes. Being overweight or obese increases the chances of developing diabetes. Both obesity and diabetes are linked to cancer.

      Findings from a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggest that sulforaphane, a phytochemical that has shown strong cancer-preventive actions in lab and clinical studies, might also reduce some of the harmful effects of type 2 diabetes in obese adults.

      “Sulforaphane is useful not only for cancer prevention but it also demonstrates anti-diabetes and many other activities,” says Jed Fahey, ScD, Director of the Cullman Chemoprotection Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and one of the authors on the study. Read more… “Broccoli extract may lower blood sugar among some with diabetes, study finds”

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