Halve Your Burger; Lower Your Risk for Earlier Death

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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. Read more… “Halve Your Burger; Lower Your Risk for Earlier Death”

Yummy Beans Help with Resolutions

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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.

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Lower Diabetes (and Cancer?) Risk: Less Meat; More Nuts

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Hot dogs have made headlines recently for increased cancer risk, now a large new study suggests consuming too many processed meats and red meat overall increases type 2 diabetes risk. But substituting a serving of nuts, whole grains, or low-fat dairy for a serving of red meat daily may lower that risk.

The study by Harvard researchers is one of the largest of its kind, strengthening earlier data on processed meat and increased type 2 diabetes risk. It was published online yesterday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study results on meat also mirror key findings related to colorectal cancer risk, adding to the evidence that many lifestyle habits for cancer prevention also prevent type 2 diabetes.

In the Harvard study, researchers pulled data from approximately 200,000 diabetes-free health professionals who were participants of three different studies. At the study entry and every two years, participants filled out questionnaires about their diet and other lifestyle practices. One group was tracked for 20 years; a second group for 28 years; and the third for 14 years.

Read more… “Lower Diabetes (and Cancer?) Risk: Less Meat; More Nuts”