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…)
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…)
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…)
Earth Day is honored on April 22 every year. It marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. On this day and throughout the month of April, various environmental activities such as festivals and rallies are planned to raise awareness and support for environmental programs. (more…)
Bones provide us with support, protect our organs, help us move, play a role in mineral and acid-base balance, and are the site for red blood cell production. On a basic level, bones need three things for growth and maintenance – ample nutrients for building materials, adequate testosterone and estrogen hormones for regulation, and a “stressor” for building strength and density (think weight bearing physical activity). Altogether, they direct the actions of osteoblasts (bone building cells) and osteoclasts (bone degrading cells) to build, breakdown or remodel bones as needed. Bones are surprisingly active organs! (more…)
April 12-18th of 2015 is designated as the Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®, led by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. Throughout the week, there are series of events to promote education and awareness. As with most other type of cancer, finding cancer at an earlier stage is key to successful treatment. We encourage you to see if there are any screening sites at a location near you. (more…)
For many years, nitrates used to preserve cured and processed meats were considered to be carcinogens. When it was discovered that certain vegetables contain high levels of naturally occurring nitrates, this became a source of confusion. In fact, vegetables contain higher levels of nitrates than most meats! How can vegetables be cancer protective yet contain nitrates? Are nitrates truly to blame for associated cancers? Are nitrates in processed meats and vegetables different or is there something else going on? (more…)
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!
By now we all pretty much know that exercise and physical activity are good for us. We know we should be doing around 30 minutes a day of moderate-intense activity 5 days a week. We know the vast array of benefits, from stress reduction to heart and bone health to boosting the immune system and reduced risk of cancer recurrence, and so on and so on. We get it. (more…)
Cancer of the liver is not a cancer that we hear about as often as breast cancer, but liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Liver cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death worldwide. The death rate of those with liver cancer is high because the cancer is often found in later stages when symptoms become present.
Every year, April 7th is designated as the World Health Day. The chosen topic for 2015 is food safety. It is estimated that about two million deaths occur every year from contaminated food or drinking water. Our food supply has increased due to globalization, which means that food safety systems have to be strengthened more than ever to maintain the standards. This is why the World Health Organization (WHO) is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate on World Health Day. (more…)