Some of my favorite gifts to give and receive are delicious – and often homemade – treats that are also healthful and cancer protective.
It’s time to start if you want to do some cooking and baking. I’ve selected a few favorites from the AICR Test Kitchen that I’ll be cooking up over the next couple of weeks, so check these out for something healthy, homemade and pretty.
Walnut Chai Tea Loaf
This elegant bread offers the spicy warmth of Indian Chai tea with subtle sweetness, a perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea. And the fiber rich whole-wheat flour helps lower risk for colorectal cancer. All ingredients are easy to find and you can mix this up and have it ready to bake in just a few minutes. Tie a festive ribbon on a wrapped loaf or place with a colorful linen napkin in a beautiful bread basket to present as a gift. Continue reading
In eNews, we review 30+ years of research on coffee and health, including cancer risk. Many studies do point to potential health benefits of coffee, but today Americans can easily guzzle 14 teaspoons of sugar and more in a specialty coffee drink. The iced white chocolate mocha is a far cry from the basic cup of coffee packed with potential health-promoting phytochemicals.
Plain coffee has virtually no calories, so you may not think of a coffee shop concoction as a calorie splurge. But, add syrups, whipped cream and chocolate and pretty soon your drink has as many calories as a small meal. Substitute a sugary coffee drink for your usual unadorned coffee, and you may end up with extra pounds.
I’ve put together a line-up of iced coffee drinks based on Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts online nutrition information, using the popular 16 oz. size (Grande or Medium). By making smart choices, you can get a tasty, cold coffee beverage without breaking the calorie bank.
- 1. Iced Coffee/Caffe Americano: 15 calories (no added sugar) OR 2. Iced Coffee, sweetened: 90 calories (5 tsp added sugar)
- 3. Caffe Latte (made with skim milk) – 90 calories (no added sugar)
Love your morning cup of Joe? There’s been a lot of research in recent years looking at the potential cancer risk benefits of drinking coffee.
One of the most recent investigations that suggest coffee may offer cancer protection focused on endometrial cancer. Published in December, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health evaluated the evidence on coffee and endometrial cancer risk. The review looked at a total of 16 population studies with 6,628 cases of endometrial cancer.
The results are promising for coffee drinkers: the authors found a 29 percent reduced risk for developing endometrial cancer when comparing individuals who drank the most coffee compared to those who drank the least. The researchers reported an 8 percent decrease in risk for each cup of coffee consumed daily. You can read more about the study here.