Barbecuing Can Be Healthy — Here’s How

I love a good cookout – after all, al fresco meals are the quintessence of Mediterranean summer dining. Nonetheless, I get a little nervous about the health implications of some of the foods traditionally eaten at summer picnics and barbecues. So at the risk of sounding like a killjoy, I want to show you here how you can avoid some of the pitfalls of barbecuing and still have fun-filled summer feasts with friends and family. First, the bad news. Many barbecue staples – processed hot dogs and sausages, hamburger patties made from industrially reared beef, factory-made white-flour buns, sugary ketchup, mayonnaise made from low-quality seed oils, deep-fried potato chips and…
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BBC Food Programme on Cancer & Diet Available Here

[caption id="attachment_3166" align="alignleft" width="304"] Sheila Dillon, presenter of the BBC's Food Programme[/caption] Last year I had the great honor of being interviewed by the BBC's Sheila Dillon about the link between diet and cancer for the Food Programme, the venerable broadcaster's weekly food show that's currently in its 35th year. If you missed the show when it was first aired, you can now listen to it here. The diet-and-cancer program was inspired by presenter Sheila Dillon's personal experience: Diagnosed in 2011 with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, she soon discovered that food and nutrition are considered a marginal aspect of cancer care. "In most cancer centres in…
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Video: Kirschtomaten-Clafoutis aus “Appetit auf Leben”

This tasty and easy-to-make fruit puree -- known by the French term of "coulis" (pron. coolee) -- is a great way of jazzing up boring old oatmeal, birthday cake, yogurt or cottage cheese, and it makes a mean popsicle! It's also a good source of anticancer compounds such as ellagic acid and proanthocyanidins. Why not make a big batch and freeze in smaller portions so you can have some to hand at all times?
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Mediterranean Diet: Good For You, And For The Planet

When people talk about “healthy diets” they typically think of their own health, rather than that of the planet. Earth Day is a useful reminder that we can’t be healthy if our environment is ailing, and that the food we eat is every bit as important to the well-being of Mother Earth as it is to our own. There’s ample scientific proof that the Mediterranean Diet -- a way of eating that’s been enjoyed  around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years -- cuts our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, mental decline and a whole host of degenerative diseases. But the Mediterranean Diet also reduces the environmental impact of…
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Beans, Beans, They Really Are Good For Your Heart

Remember the ditty that used to drive your mom crazy at the dinner table? “Beans, Beans, they’re good for your heart; the more you eat, the more you fart; the more you fart the better you feel; so eat your beans at every meal!” Well, now there’s scientific basis to this exuberant rhyme: According to Canadian researchers, eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils (known as legumes or pulses) can significantly reduce our so-called “bad cholesterol” and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease. Their study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that by eating one serving a day of legumes, people could lower their…
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Welcome to the Modern Mediterranean Diet!

How would you like to eat fats and carbohydrates and still lose weight? Enjoy delicious dishes that are easy to prepare? Eat foods that lower your risk of disease and help you live longer? Do you like the sound of a diet that’s gluten-free but includes delicious baked goods? That’s heavily plant-based but still lets you eat meat, fish, eggs and dairy, and encourages the occasional glass of wine? “Dream on!” you’re saying? Not at all, this diet really exists. It’s called the Modern Mediterranean Diet. Skeptics take note: this is no fad diet, and there's no need to buy expensive supplements, protein powders or kitchen machinery. All you need…
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“Healthy Indulgence” Is Not An Oxymoron: A Valentine’s Treat

I wish delicious food weren’t regularly described as “decadent,” “sinful,” “indulgent,” a “guilty pleasure” or even (generally in the context of chocolate) as “death-by [insert killer food name here].” It’s as though a secret guild of puritanical spoil-sports had vowed to ruin Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in one fell swoop by warning us that even the briefest moment of gustatory pleasure will send us straight to hell – or at least, to a well-deserved sick bed. Of course, not all tasty foods are good for you, and when over-indulged in can damage your waistline and your health. These include most mass-produced (and even some artisanal) “treats” such as cookies,…
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How The Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Your Cancer Risk

As World Cancer Day rolls around again, it’s striking – and frankly, more than a little dispiriting for us cancer educators – to see how little people know about the disease. Not about the actual disease – for cancer is a complex condition that baffles even researchers and oncologists – but about the risk factors that influence whether we get cancer or not. A survey commissioned by American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), published today, revealed that too many Americans still cling to the myth that they are powerless before cancer. The full details of the survey can be found here, but the section of the survey I’d like to examine more closely…
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