What is Carrageenan?

Written by Aoi Goto on May 22, 2015 | Reply

Carrageenan is a soluble fiber product that is derived from red seaweed.  It has been used for hundreds of years and is added as a stabilizer to various foods such as ice cream and other dairy products, syrups and lunch meats.  Carrageenan is cultivated in an environmental-friendly and sustainable manner and its minimal processing makes it an ideal ingredient for organic foods. (more…)

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Written by Aoi Goto on May 21, 2015 | Reply

Meals to Heal would like to recognize brain tumor awareness this May.  It is critical that we spread awareness about the prevalence, diagnosis, and the various forms of treatment for brain tumor.  It is also an opportunity for patients, survivors, and caregivers to connect with others and share their stories and advice. (more…)

Sweet Lovin’: The Truth About Sugar and Cancer

Written by Hillary Sachs on May 19, 2015 | Reply

As a dietitian, one of my jobs is to translate popular media and link it back to science. One of the common questions that I get from patients is does sugar cause cancer.

There are several reasons that lead people to this idea:

  1. They hear it from their favorite media doctor, family or friend
  2. When they learn about how a PET scan works, they know that drinking sugar causes the tumor to light up
  3. Many have heard of the epidemiological studies that state that people who have the highest consumption of sugar tend to have the highest prevalence of cancer (more…)

Bladder Cancer Awareness

Written by Sydney Greene on May 14, 2015 | Reply

Meals to Heal wants to support the increased recognition and awareness of bladder cancer in the month of May.  This year it is estimated that there will be a total of 74,690 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed overall. Currently more than 500,000 people in the United States are bladder cancer survivors. (more…)

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient—Bicycling and Cycling

Written by Stephanie Lang on May 12, 2015 | Reply

Each month throughout 2015, we will feature a different physical activity on our blog. We hope to highlight a variety of activities in this series so that you can find your favorite ways to move your body!

Buckle those helmets and hop on a bicycle. Bicycling is a great way to get in some cardiovascular exercise, and it can help tone the legs and backside. Take it at your own pace, whether you like to ride leisurely and look at the scenery or speed things up and tackle the hills. (more…)

Suzanne’s Anyone Can Eat Cookies

Written by Suzanne Dixon on May 8, 2015 | Reply

Written by Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDN

Suzanne’s Anyone Can Eat, Unless You Hate Coconut, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Vegan Cookies (more…)

Okay, You Have Cancer … Does it Have to Impact Your Mental Health?

Written by Ann Fry on May 5, 2015 | Reply

In my first blog post for you, I spoke about who a social worker is, what she does, and the valuable resource she/he is for you.

Today I want to speak of a related issue. This is the first of two blog posts. This one is about the mental health of the person experiencing cancer. Next month, I’ll speak to the mental health needs of the caregiver.  (more…)

Recipe of the Month – Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Bars

Written by Liv Scheinbaum on April 30, 2015 | Reply

Savory and sweet, the two sides of rhubarb make it a fun vegetable to play around with in the kitchen. Here, oats, rhubarb and strawberries provide fiber, while the strawberries and rhubarb give these treats a nice kick of vitamin C and other phytonutrients. Try these strawberry rhubarb crisp bars for breakfast over some Greek yogurt or as a fruity dessert topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.  (more…)

April Food of the Month: Ruby Red Rhubarb

Written by Liv Scheinbaum on April 28, 2015 | Reply

There’s nothing like the bright red stalk of rhubarb poking out of the ground to remind us that spring is on the way. Famed for being among the first sign of color in a garden, rhubarb is known as a baker’s best friend as it pairs well with fruits, but its tartness makes it an excellent accompaniment to more savory dishes in the form of marinades and sauces. Like lemon, it can add a welcome acidic touch to chicken, pork and some fish, especially salmon. It also works instead of lemons in a rhubarb un-lemonade-ade. One cup of diced, raw rhubarb is only 26 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 2 grams of fiber. It is a good source of magnesium and a very good source of fiber, vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium and manganese. (more…)

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Aoi Goto on April 23, 2015 | Reply

Did you know that testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males 15-35 years old?  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 8,430 new cases of testicular cancer diagnosis in 2015. Although the exact cause is unknown, the incidence rate has been increasing over the years.  Fortunately, it is one of the most treatable types of cancer.  When detected early, 95% of people will survive and most men will live normal, healthy lives after treatment and recovery.  Even though the survival rate is high when cancer is detected early, there is always the possibility of cancer spreading throughout the body in advanced stages.  With a rising incidence rate, it is critical for young and middle-age men to be proactive about detecting cancer early. (more…)

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