Marvelous Mushrooms

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From button and cremini to Chinese “cloud ears” and portabellos, mushrooms  come in all shapes and flavors. They are used often as a meat substitute when cooked because of thFD002153_47eir sFD002152_47atisfying taste and texture — as in grilled portabello sandwiches that stand in for burgers on many restaurant menus. But they’re easy to prepare and enjoy at home: This week’s AICR Health-e-Recipe pairs warm, savory mushrooms with dark greens, garlic and shallot — all found to have high amounts of phytochemicals and fiber for cancer prevention. Mushrooms themselves are being studied for potential cancer-fighting compounds. Fit them into your meals with whole grains like barley or in a delicious crostini appetizer for guests this holiday season.

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    Those Cancer-Fighting Apples

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    Chances are, you have some leftover apples from Thursday’s feast – whether they’re whole or in pie form. We all know apples are healthy, but recent cancer research will make you feel even better about biting into America’s second favorite fruit.

    Apple with cinnamon
    A study published this week in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention found that eating at least one apple a day significantly lowered the risk of colorectal cancer. The study participants ate relatively low amounts of fruits and vegetable, with apples the most frequent fruit consumed. Eating more than one apple a day reduced the risk by about 50 percent.

    This week’s Cancer Research Update looks at the lab work of a Cornell University food scientist who has spent almost a decade exploring how apples may prevent cancer development.

    Did you know there are so many apple varieties, you could eat a different type every day for 19 years without repeating, if you traveled the world that is. You can see how the most popular varieties compare to one another in Apples: A Healthy Temptation.

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