Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oily fish may boost prostate cancer survival

Monday, November 2008 (foodconsumer.org) - According to a new study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, taking omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA or eating oily fish full of omega 3 may boost the odds of survival for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The study led by Jorge Chavarro from Harvard School of Public Health found an increased intake of fish and omega-3 rich seafood was associated with a 38 percent increased rate of prostate cancer survival.

The prospective cohort study of 20,000 men also found that those who ate five servings of fish per week were at a 48 percent reduced risk of death from prostate cancer compared to men who only ate one serving per week.

The same team of researchers last year published a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention saying higher intake of DHA and EPA reduced risk of prostate cancer by 40 percent, but the benefit was not seen with eating fish.

Prostate cancer is diagnosed in about 186,000 men and kills 28,700 men each year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Eat Healthy Food with a Budget

Here's an article from MSNBC contributors Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and Lisa Young, a registered dietitian, adjunct professor at New York University and author of "The Portion Teller Plan," weigh in.

Q. How does someone eat a healthy diet on a tight budget and still focus on convenience?

A. Bonnie Taub-Dix: You have to shop smart and be creative in your cooking. For example, a lot of people still think protein is such an important thing to have in large quantities and that’s not the case. If you want to save money, protein is an expensive part of the meal. But you can make dishes with a little less protein. Buy frozen, canned or fresh vegetables and add some protein to the vegetable dish, such as a cooked whole grain pasta. Or chunks of chicken. You'll have a combination dish that’s not only low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals, but it's really quite inexpensive and convenient to make.

Another inexpensive item people tend to under use is eggs. You could make a frittata for your family with lots of veggies and some low-fat cheese and two whole eggs. It’s low in calories, high in protein and really low in carbohydrates.