Like Seaweed and Quail Eggs? How trying new foods may link to a healthy weight

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Polenta, quinoa, kimchi or seaweed – have you tried these foods, or even cooked with them? If so, you might be an adventurous eater – getting a thrill from seeking out and trying foods less familiar to most Americans. According to a new study, you might even weigh less than people who are less adventurous. And a healthy weight is one important factor for keeping risk low for many cancers, including colorectal, postmenopausal breast and kidney.

Published in the journal Obesitythe study authors set out to look at whether being willing to try new or different foods might relate to weight (BMI). Although some earlier studies found that eating more of a variety of foods links to higher BMI, in those cases variety meant eating more foods at one time. Here, the researchers wanted to look at women they describe as “neophiles” – adventurous eaters who enjoy trying new foods.

The 501 women in the study ranged from age 20-35 and they averaged slightly above a healthy weight, 43% Caucasian, with about one-quarter each Black and Hispanic. Read more… “Like Seaweed and Quail Eggs? How trying new foods may link to a healthy weight”

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    Grilling Up a Patriotic and Cancer Preventive Plate

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    On this fourth of July, treat your family and friends to a healthy, delicious and cancer-protective backyard barbecue featuring a patriotic red, white and blue menu.

    Brightly colored seasonal and familiar favorites like watermelon and blueberries are always welcome, but it’s also a great time to introduce new food ideas that fit on AICR’s New American Plate – a plant-focused way of eating for cancer prevention.20286510_m

    1. Grilling in White: Fish is tasty done on the grill – whether you go with steaks, fillets (try a wire grill basket) or whole fish, marinating ahead of time keeps it moist, flavorful and may help reduce formation of certain carcinogenic compounds that form on animal protein with high heat and charring. Try our Tilapia with Warm Tomato Salsa or Moroccan Grilled Fish with Charmoula. Read more… “Grilling Up a Patriotic and Cancer Preventive Plate”

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      Think Vegetables are Boring? For Spring Veggies, Try This

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      If vegetables aren’t the all-star of your meal, and you – like many of my clients – think of vegetables as bland or boring, think again. canstockphoto24567903

      With the spring weather upon us, this is a great time of year to increase your intake of fresh seasonal veggies. Vegetables are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that protect your health, including reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease. While you may know this, rather than eating vegetables because you feel like you should eat them, start eating them because you enjoy them.

      Below are ten of my favorite ways to flavor your spring-time veggies. Read more… “Think Vegetables are Boring? For Spring Veggies, Try This”

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