A Squash to Savor

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Today’s Health-e-Recipe for Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash shows how versatile this squash can be.

Its bright orange color signifies lots of beta-carotene,a cancer-fighting antioxidant present in carrots and sweet potatoes. It is mild-tasting enough for savory flavors like the shallots and sage in this recipe, or to have a sweeter flair from orange zest, cinnamon and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

It can be pureed into a delectable soup, paired with poultry or used in a colorful side dish.

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Do You Have Questions about Flaxseed and Breast Cancer?

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Does flaxseed  offer protection against breast cancer?

How can I incorporate flaxseed into my diet?

Flax Flower

For answers to these and other questions, join us today for an online chat with AICR’s Nutrition Advisor Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN.  Karen will be online starting at 1:00 ET to answer your questions about the research and to provide some practical advice on flaxseed use.

Label Literacy

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just released its 2008 survey on U.S. adults’ behaviors, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about health and diet.

Fifty four percent of those surveyed said they read food labels the first time they buy a food.  That’s up from 44% in 2002.

Most people (2/3 of consumers) use the labels to see how high or low a food is in things like calories, salt, vitamins or fat.

Using labels is an important step in creating a healthy diet and understanding how to read it is key.  Check out this month’s AICR e-News for some guidance on portion size and serving size.

The AICR Guide to the Nutrition Facts Label also provides great information on how to use the label.

Do you read labels?  What do you look for on the label?