The holiday season is filled with get-togethers with family and friends and can be both fun and joyous. It can also be stressful and tiring at times. Experts warn about this combination of stress, fatigue, and high fat foods -- factors that can, over time, increase your risk of cancer. That's why the National Foundation for Cancer Research has developed a list of Top 10 Food Tips that can help ensure a happier, more healthful holiday season, and can, over time, reduce your risk of cancer.
Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) November 22, 2009 -- The holiday season is filled with get-togethers with family and friends and can be both fun and joyous. It can also be stressful and tiring at times. Experts warn about this combination of stress, fatigue, and high fat foods -- factors that can, over time, increase your risk of cancer. That's why the National Foundation for Cancer Research has developed a list of Top 10 Food Tips that can help ensure a happier, more healthful holiday season, and can, over time, reduce your risk of cancer.
- Skin the turkey - By removing the skin from the turkey (or chicken) after you cook it, you reduce the amount of fat and actually make the traditional centerpiece of the holiday meal better for you.
- Add more fiber to your stuffing - Try adding brown rice, celery, chopped apples, apricots, or nuts to your stuffing this year. These ingredients are all rich in fiber which is essential in a diet to deter cancer.
- Fruit not fudge - Rather than reaching for the tray of fudge and cookies this year for dessert, try Southern Ambrosia, a mixture of oranges, apples, bananas, pineapples, and coconut. Click here for the recipe!
- Use healthier cooking methods - Try broiling, grilling, roasting, or baking your holiday meals instead of frying and sautéing them. This reduces the amount of fat and allows the true taste of the food to come through.
- Cook with lower-fat dairy products - By using low-fat dairy products, you decrease the intake of fat that is later stored and used by cancer cells to grow. In most cases, you and your guests will not notice the difference in taste.
- Include fish in your holiday tradition - The Omega-3 oils in tuna, salmon, and mackerel appear to be protective of cell linings in fighting off cancer growth. Avoid tuna packed in vegetable oil, however.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables - Research indicates that people who eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day can cut their cancer risk in half compared to those who eat only one serving per day.
- Make a spinach salad - Spinach contains one of the top cancer-fighting enzymes, sulforaphane, where traditional iceberg lettuce is a nutritional weakling. Don't drench the salad with too much dressing which adds fat and calories. Even low-fat dressing may be loaded with too much sugar.
- Use tomato and pasta sauce - Research has proven that processed tomato products have a higher concentration of lycopene, the most powerful antioxidant carotenoid, than unprocessed tomato products. This includes tomato sauce, pasta sauce, stewed tomatoes, and other tomato products.
- Drink tea - Soda contains nothing more than empty calories and some juice drinks can be loaded with sugar. Green tea is one of the best drinks because it contains no calories and has well-documented cancer-fighting properties.
Additionally, you should seek time to relax. Enjoy the holidays and try to make them as stress-free as possible! For more information and yummy recipes to enjoy this holiday, visit www.NFCR.org
About the National Foundation for Cancer Research
Since 1973, the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) has spent more than $260 million funding basic science cancer research and prevention education focused on understanding how and why cells become cancerous. NFCR is dedicated to funding scientists who are discovering cancer's molecular mysteries and translating these discoveries into therapies that hold the hope for curing cancer. For more information, visit www.NFCR.org or call (800) 321-CURE (2873).
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