Sneak Health into Your Holiday Baking

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LemonDropCookiesCan healthy eating and the holidays really coexist? They can in this week’s AICR Health-e-Recipe for lighter holiday cookies.

AICR’s Lemon Drops have only 3.5 grams of total fat and 100 calories per cookie, weighing in as healthier than many other rich holiday treats.

You’ll love their lemony kick, and  their whole-wheat flour provides longer-lasting energy than enriched white flour. Don’t worry if you can’t find whole-wheat pastry flour on your grocery shelf – you can use regular whole-wheat flour and still have your Lemon Drops come out crisp and delicious.

Look for healthy ingredient substitutions that bring down the calories and fat in all your favorite recipes while keeping great taste intact.

You also can download a copy of AICR’s Recipe Makeovers brochure from our Homemade for Health series.

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    From AICR eNEWS: 12 Days of Holiday Fitness

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    OrnamentTapeMeasureJust 12 days to ’till Christmas.

    If you feel like you’ve been swimming against the  (Yule) tide this year, this month’s AICR eNews has 12 tips for staying fit and active.

    Our production assistant Becky strapped on a pedometer and recorded how many steps it took her to perform various seasonal activities – everything from decking the halls to trimming the tree.

    Check out her article to see how she did.

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      Beyond the “Gold Standard”: Diet, Cancer Prevention, and the Randomized Clinical Trial

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      gold-barsLast week’s soy-breast cancer study out of China received a fair amount of press. But some of that coverage contained basic assumptions about the nature of cancer research that aren’t accurate.

      Take this passage from Time.com:

      …. the study was not a randomized clinical trial of soy consumption. That is, rather than randomly assigning breast-cancer survivors to consume or not consume various amounts of soy, then following those participants to see whether they developed recurrent tumors, the study looked retrospectively at women’s self-determined soy-eating habits.

      So far so good.

      But then came this next bit:

      The randomized clinical trial is the gold standard upon which medical practice is determined, and the only kind of trial that gives scientists confidence that other variables are not confounding their results.

      Yeah, that’s … not always true. Not when you’re studying something as complex as the human diet, and a disease that can take many years to develop, like cancer.

      When it comes to studying diet, lifestyle and cancer prevention, the randomized clinical trial (RCT) is one tool investigators use, but it can’t – and shouldn’t – be considered the be-all and end-all, the “gold standard” in all situations.

      After the jump:  The difference between studying cancer treatment and studying cancer prevention.

      Read more… “Beyond the “Gold Standard”: Diet, Cancer Prevention, and the Randomized Clinical Trial”

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