News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center December 2008 – Issue 41 Five A Day
Your mother was right—eating your veggies (and fruits) is good for you. A number of research studies demonstrate that plant- based diets reduce the risk of cancer and provide many other health benefits. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that widespread healthy eating and weight management could prevent about one-third of cancer deaths in the United States.
It’s easy to experience these health benefits. Just make sure you eat “five a day”—that’s at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. One serving may be a medium-sized fruit such as an apple, orange, or pear. It may also be ½ cup of cooked, frozen, or canned vegetables or fruit, or ½ cup of dried peas or beans. A serving can also come in the form of ¾ cup of fruit or vegetable juice, a cup of leafy greens, or ¼ cup of dried fruit.
Adding fruit and vegetables to your current diet is easy. Slice half a banana on your cereal in the morning or toss ¼ cup of dried cranberries into a salad. It just takes a few minutes to steam or microwave frozen vegetables to create side dishes for midday and evening meals.
When you eat out, you can substitute salad or vegetable soup as a side dish instead of French fries or pasta. Choose carrot or celery sticks over a candy bar at snack time. For breakfast on the run, grab an apple or a banana rather than a heavy donut or high-fat breakfast sandwich.
Five servings of fruits and vegetables each day is a place to start. You may choose to
How about an apple instead of toaster pastries for breakfast on the run?
eat more fruits and vegetables each day. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest eating as many as nine servings, depending on your age and activity level. Their website fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov
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NEW FROM THE CLC Books
Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition By Lizzy Rockwell
What Color Is Your Diet? By David Heber
Eat Well—Stay Nourished By Nancy Leupold and Gregory O’Gorman
Eating Out: Your Pocket Guide to Healthy Dining Mayo Clinic
Five Kids & a Monkey Solve the Great Cupcake Caper By Nina Riccio
Cancer As A Turning Point: How Diet and Nutrition Can Help Control Cancer
Super Size Me Fast Food Nation
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