Ground Beef or Turkey? New Labels Can Help

You may already limit red meat and avoid processed meat to lower risk of colorectal cancer per AICR’s recommendation. But do you puzzle over calories, fat or what 85% lean means when trying to choose “lean meat and poultry”? If so, the new meat labeling law may help you out.

As of March 1, you’ve been able to see calories and grams of fat in fresh ground meats right on the package. For “major cuts of meat” (meat that isn’t ground), you’ll find the information either on the package or on a poster or brochure near the meat.

What does the label look like? Continue reading


Halve Your Burger; Lower Your Risk for Earlier Death

Yesterday, a study suggesting your hot dog may lead to an earlier death made a lot of news.  

Many stories focused on the grim finding that red and processed red meat increases the chances we will die earlier from cancer, heart disease or other causes. But the study authors also provided positive findings for prevention, and one that strengthens the recommendations of AICR: replacing that daily hot dog with a healthier protein lowered the risk of an earlier death by almost ten percent.

The study was from Harvard University and it was a large one, with data drawn from about 120,000 participants. Everyone was cancer and heart disease free when the study began, either in 1980 or 1986.

The study was published online yesterday in Archives of Internal Medicine. Continue reading


Yummy Beans Help with Resolutions

January 10 2012 blog Basic Caribbean Black BeansGood for your health and your budget, this week’s Health-e-Recipe for Basic Caribbean Black Beans is also great tasting. Beans are ideal sources of cancer-fighting fiber and the B vitamin folate. They also supply inexpensive protein so you can cut back on red meat for lower cancer risk, as AICR recommends.

Simply sautée onions, peppers and garlic in olive oil – they’re all cancer-fighting ingredients that contain plenty of phytochemicals to protect your body’s cells. Adding tomatoes brings the specific compound, lycopene to the mix. (FYI, canned tomatoes contain more of this compound than fresh tomatoes). Lycopene has shown evidence of protection against prostate cancer in research studies.

Black beans are the protein source in this recipe, making it a balanced entrée. Usually, AICR advises rinsing and draining canned beans to reduce salt content – but here, buying no-salt-added beans lets you keep the liquid in your dish.

Seasoned just right with phytochemical-rich cumin, oregano and sage, plus a little hot cayenne pepper if you like and cilantro as garnish, your Basic Caribbean Black Beans keep the fat and calories low. Round out this dish with brown rice and a green salad dressed with a light vinaigrette.

For more cancer-fighting recipes that put hearty beans in your diet, download our free brochure, Beans & Whole Grains on the New American Plate. Click here to subscribe to our weekly Healthy-e-Recipes.

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