Go with Whole Grains

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Today’s Health-e-Recipe for Baked Oatmeal has a creamy texture yet is made from a whole grain.

Whole grains contain the healthy bran and germ of the grain, which are removed when processed into refined grain products like white bread.

Oatmeal helps to lower harmful blood cholesterol and protect your heart, and may help protect against colon cancer by keeping your digestive system healthy. And oatmeal can be substituted for some of the flour in recipes for pancakes, cookies and muffins and other baked goods. All plant-based foods contain dietary fiber, while animal proteins contain none.

AICR recommends eating at least 3 servings (1/2 cup or 1 slice) of whole-grains each day. Click here to receive a weekly Health-e-Recipe email from AICR.

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    Shocking: Meat Industry “Report” Finds No Link Between Meat, Cancer

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    It bears repeating: Our message at AICR is evidence-based, not agenda-driven.

    One of our 10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention is to limit meat consumption. Our Expert Panel judged that the evidence linking diets high in red meat and processed meat to colorectal cancer is convincing.  So they said:

    To reduce your cancer risk, eat no more than 18 oz. (cooked weight) per week of red meats like beef, pork and lamb, and avoid processed meat such as ham, bacon, salami, hot dogs and sausages.”

    In our materials, we show you how easy it is to follow that recommendation.  Our recipes de-emphasize meat in favor of vegetables, grains, beans and fruit.  We suggest ways to divide up those 18 ounces per week.  And we recommend saving hot dogs and sausage for special occasions.

    Even so, our recommendation on meat isn’t popular with special interests.  Vegetarian groups don’t like it because it leaves room on the plate for moderate amounts of meat.

    And the meat industry? They see our recommendation as an attack on their bottom line, and do everything they can to attack the recommendation, and the exhaustive report it came from.

    Case in point: The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has just released their own “technical summary” of the science on the meat-cancer link.  Three guesses what it concludes.

    Now that they’ve published it themselves, the rest of the scientific community can finally get a look at this document members of the meat lobby have been talking about — but not showing to anyone — for two years.

    So: How does it hold up to our Expert Report?  See for yourself.

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      A Treat from Sunny Italy

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      Here’s your chance to try polenta (the yellow, cake-y looking stuff on the right).

      Our new Health-e-Recipe, Mediterranean Chickpea Stew with Polenta, balances this humble cornmeal product with a richly seasoned blend of squash, eggplant and red bell pepper in a garlicky tomato base flavored with paprika, red pepper, oregano and parsley.

      The stew ingredients are full of cancer-protective phytochemicals and fiber. Polenta adds even more fiber to the vegetable-chickpea stew. It is sold pre-made in tube-shaped plastic packages in the chilled dairy section of many supermarkets. Click here to subscribe to AICR’s weekly Health-e-Recipe.

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