Is eating organic food better for reducing my cancer risk?

Is eating organic food better for reducing my cancer risk?

It’s one of the most asked questions we get – especially now, with a new review of the research suggesting that organics contain more antioxidants than conventional foods.canstockphoto20873615

With all the research on fruits, vegetables and other plant foods and cancer, AICR hasn’t had a lot to say about organics. There has been relatively little research on organics and cancer risk, with no clear conclusions except one: eating a diet that is mainly from plants – whether they are organic or conventional – reduces the risk of cancer.

The new analysis, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, included 343 studies from 1992 to 2012. (1992 was when the European Union started regulating organic farming; about 70% of the studies were from Europe.)

The authors looked at how organics and conventional plant foods compared in vitamins, minerals and groups of phytochemicals that have shown antioxidant — and cancer-protective — activity in lab studies. The researchers also compared levels of pesticide compounds.

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Survey: Diners – Especially Women – Using Posted Menu Calories

If you spot calorie information on your restaurant menu, does it help you decide what to order?http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-woman-ordering-food-image21147851

For about six of every ten adults living in select states, that calorie information does help them decide what to order. At least sometimes, that is, with about one of every ten diners using that nutrition information for every purchase, according to a new government survey.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study comes from residents of 17 states that have menu labeling and completed a 2012 phone survey about it. In 2010, a federal law required chain restaurants to display the calories of their menu items, and some states started those requirements quickly.  Given that some studies show Americans eat up to a quarter of our calories at restaurants, using calorie information may help restaurant-goers make healthier choices. That, in turn, can reduce cancer risk.

Respondents were only counted if they visited fast food or chain restaurants and noticed the menu labeling. Among the findings: Continue reading


Breakfast for Dinner, Here to Save the Day

A novel idea to some and outlandish to others, breakfast for dinner for me, is a match made in heaven. Who hasn’t had a slice of pizza for breakfast before? So why should it be so different to have breakfast foods for dinner? Breakfast at dinner is also a great way to pack in cancer-protective fruits and vegetables, and offers a variety of vegetarian options.Omelet With Vegetables And Cheese. Frittata

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. And breakfast for dinner has been a part of my routine since I was a child.

All the wonderful options to choose from and endless possibilities abound. Seriously, I think there are probably a million variations of pancakes alone. I have always found that most of the common breakfast items (eggs, pancakes, fruits) are easy to prepare and don’t put up a lot of fuss.

Think about it, with most breakfast items you don’t have to worry about forgetting to take anything out of the freezer before you rush off to work. The good thing about breakfast is that most people have ingredients like eggs, milk, flour, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, and they all reside in the refrigerator or pantry! Breakfast food my friends, is here to save the day.

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