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Author: Sonja Goedkoop
Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, is the lead registered dietitian at Zesty, Inc. She is passionate about helping others improve their health through diet and physical activity and believes eating nutritious food should be easy and taste great. You can follow her on Twitter @SonjaGoedkoopRD.
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.
Does your family have holiday traditions you follow every year? In my family, we each open one small gift on Christmas Eve and we usually have lamb on Christmas day. This got me thinking, why don’t we do something that’s a little different?
This holiday, you could start a tradition to cook a new, healthier dish that’s different each year. It can be a special way to put cancer prevention into your holidays and get a jump-start on your New Year’s resolutions.
What are the top viewed AICR recipes of 2011? The polls are in, and it looks like everyone wants to get their sweet tooth fix. Here’s the good news: we have lots of delicious, sweet recipes that you can make over the holidays to replace the traditional, not-so-healthy versions.
AICR’s top-5 ranked treats:
1. Pumpkin Pie – Our pumpkin pie is less than 200 calories per slice, but just as moist and rich as the kind you’re used to. Pumpkin also provides plenty of beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin C.
2. Chocolate Dipped Fruit – This is a great way to get a variety of fruit, and it’s fun to make with friends or family.
3. Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread with Flaxseed – This sweet bread contains fruit (cranberries and apple sauce), vegetable (pumpkin), protein (eggs), whole grains (whole wheat flour), and healthy fat (flax). Flax has protective omega-3 fatty acids, and is high in fiber and other nutrients like magnesium and thiamin. All you need is a cold glass of non-fat milk on the side and this dish is all-in-one! Read more… “Best of 2011: Treats and Sweet Eats”
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