Sneak Health into Your Holiday Baking

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LemonDropCookiesCan healthy eating and the holidays really coexist? They can in this week’s AICR Health-e-Recipe for lighter holiday cookies.

AICR’s Lemon Drops have only 3.5 grams of total fat and 100 calories per cookie, weighing in as healthier than many other rich holiday treats.

You’ll love their lemony kick, and  their whole-wheat flour provides longer-lasting energy than enriched white flour. Don’t worry if you can’t find whole-wheat pastry flour on your grocery shelf – you can use regular whole-wheat flour and still have your Lemon Drops come out crisp and delicious.

Look for healthy ingredient substitutions that bring down the calories and fat in all your favorite recipes while keeping great taste intact.

You also can download a copy of AICR’s Recipe Makeovers brochure from our Homemade for Health series.

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Beyond the “Gold Standard”: Diet, Cancer Prevention, and the Randomized Clinical Trial

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gold-barsLast week’s soy-breast cancer study out of China received a fair amount of press. But some of that coverage contained basic assumptions about the nature of cancer research that aren’t accurate.

Take this passage from

…. the study was not a randomized clinical trial of soy consumption. That is, rather than randomly assigning breast-cancer survivors to consume or not consume various amounts of soy, then following those participants to see whether they developed recurrent tumors, the study looked retrospectively at women’s self-determined soy-eating habits.

So far so good.

But then came this next bit:

The randomized clinical trial is the gold standard upon which medical practice is determined, and the only kind of trial that gives scientists confidence that other variables are not confounding their results.

Yeah, that’s … not always true. Not when you’re studying something as complex as the human diet, and a disease that can take many years to develop, like cancer.

When it comes to studying diet, lifestyle and cancer prevention, the randomized clinical trial (RCT) is one tool investigators use, but it can’t – and shouldn’t – be considered the be-all and end-all, the “gold standard” in all situations.

After the jump:  The difference between studying cancer treatment and studying cancer prevention.

Read more… “Beyond the “Gold Standard”: Diet, Cancer Prevention, and the Randomized Clinical Trial”

AICR in PARADE Magazine

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Very pleain the newssed to see this story on our recently updated expert report in yesterday’s PARADE Magazine.

Dr. Ranit Mishori‘s Stay Healthy column reminds readers that the recent controversy over mammograms should not distract women from the convincing evidence that diet, weight and physical activity make a big difference in lowering risk.

Includes a nice quote from AICR Director of Research Susan Higginbotham, PhD, RD.

A great way to start the week!