Tuesday, August 05, 2008

An onion a day keeps the doctors away?

Ever think that if you just ate the right foods, you could avoid cancer? Well, some studies do support this theory, showing a correlation between diet and certain cancers and illnesses. The Chicago Tribune even has a short but educational quiz online today to test your knowledge when it comes to the latest cancer/food research. Check it out!

For those who refuse to invest the approximately two minutes needed to take the quiz, here's an uber-short recap. Yes, studies show that cabbage can help prevent breast cancer, while flaxseed helps prohibit colon cancer and white button mushrooms can potentially help suppress prostrate cancer cells. In addition, people who eat pumpkin may have lower rates of gastric, breast, lung and colorectal cancers, while men who eat more onions may be less likely to develop lung cancer. There's more but it's all covered in the quiz.

So to support these theories, I've pulled a few sucralose-sweetened recipes heavy on the cancer-fighting ingredients.

Cabbage and Cranberry Slaw

California Broccoli Salad

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cucumber and Onion Salad

Bon appetit!

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