Whole Grains: Weed Out Imposter Ingredients

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Want to curb your risk of cancer and other diseases? Eating whole grains with every meal can help.

That’s because whole grains are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and natural plant compounds. These compounds help protect your cells from damage that can lead to cancer. Added bonus: the fiber found in whole grains helps you stay full longer, maintain a healthy weight, and keep your cholesterol and blood sugar at normal levels.

But not all grains do the trick. Only grains that haven’t been processed contain the whole grain kernel — and offer all the disease-fighting perks you get from eating whole grains.

Unfortunately, finding whole grains can be a little tricky because many foods include ingredients that sound like whole grains but aren’t.

So, how can you tell what foods are actually whole grains? Below, we break down what to look for.

grains-nutrition-webLook for the word “Whole”

Grocery store shelves are filled with grains and grain products. Those include whole grains, multi-grains, seven-grain, bran, whole wheat and stone-ground products.

But only those that include the word “whole” — whole grains and whole wheat — are actually whole grains. That’s true whether you’re looking at a package for whole wheat pasta or whole wheat bread.

Multi-grains, seven-grain, bran and wheat products usually do have some health perks. So, don’t skip them altogether. Just don’t expect them to provide your daily fill of whole grains.

After all, the grains in these foods have been refined, which destroys the grain’s nutrient-rich, cancer-fighting outer layer. And, even when food manufacturers “enrich” these grains, they don’t restore the full health benefits of whole grains.

 

Get to know other whole grains

Keep in mind that many whole grains don’t actually include “whole” or even “grains” in their name. Here are some common ingredients and foods that are great sources of whole grains:

  • Bulgur wheat
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley, preferably hulled
  • Cornmeal, preferably whole graingrains, ingredients
  • Kasha
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Oat bran
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Wild or brown rice
  • Tabouleh
  • Whole rye
  • Whole wheat

 Choose foods with the Whole Grain Stamp

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Here’s an easy way to spot whole grains: look for a golden Whole Grain Stamp on the food package. There are actually two versions of the Whole Grain Stamp.

  • The 100% Stamp says “100%” across the stamp. It only appears on products where all grain ingredients are whole grains.  Products with this stamp contain at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving.
  • The Basic Stamp does not say “100%.” Foods with this stamp contain at least 8 grams (a half-serving) of whole grain, but they also may include some refined grains, such as extra bran, germ or refined flour.

Choose whole grains listed at the top of the label’s ingredient list

Choosing a product with one or more ingredients? Whenever possible, pick items that list the whole grain ingredients first.

That’s because an item that lists, say, quinoa as the first ingredient contains far more cancer-fighting whole grains than a food that lists quinoa (or any other whole grain) last.

Include whole grains in every meal

Want to reap the cancer-fighting benefits of whole grains? Your best bet is to make them part of every meal.

 

We hope you enjoyed this article as much as we did! It was written by Laura Nathan-Garner with MD Anderson.
See the original article HERE!



10 Ways to Get Your Daily Vitamin D

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Here at The Breast Cancer Charities of America, we love to educate on breast cancer prevention. One fact that we tell women is researchers have found that women, who are vitamin D deficient, have a 222% increased risk for developing breast cancer.  It’s important to get your daily dose of vitamin D, so here are 10 ways to do just that!

11. Sunlight

Sunlight spurs the body to make vitamin D. But because of the skin-cancer risk, there isn’t an official recommendation to catch some rays. However, a small amount of sun exposure without sunscreen can do the trick.

“If you’re going to get it from the sun, about 20 to 25 minutes of exposure is helpful,” says Stephen Honig, MD, director of the Osteoporosis Center at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, in New York City. The sun is less likely to provide your daily needs at higher latitudes, in the winter, or if you’re older or dark skinned (skin pigment blocks light and the process is less efficient with age). And FYI: Light through a window won’t work.

22. Fatty fish

Fatty fish can be a good source of vitamin D. Common options include salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel. 

A 3-ounce sockeye salmon fillet contains about 450 international units (IUs) of vitamin D—a good portion of the 600 IUs that is the Institute of Medicine’s recommended dietary allowance (800 IUs if you’re over 70). 

And you get a bonus—heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids!

33. Canned tuna fish

Fresh fish aren’t the only way to boost your vitamin D intake; you can get vitamin D from a can, too. 

Canned tuna fish and canned sardines both contain vitamin D, and are usually less expensive than fresh fish. 

Plus, a longer shelf life makes the canned products easy to stock up on and use at your leisure. Canned light tuna has the most vitamin D—about 150 IUs per 4 ounces—while canned albacore tuna has about 50 IUs per 4 ounces, and canned sardines have a little more than 40 IUs per two sardines.

44. Certain mushrooms

Just like humans, mushrooms have the capacity to produce vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet light. 

Mushrooms, however, are usually grown in the dark and don’t contain the vitamin. Specific brands, however, are grown in ultraviolet light to spur vitamin D production. 

Check to see if vitamin D–rich ‘shrooms, like Dole’s Portobello Mushrooms, are available at a store near you. They’re perfect for vegetarians looking for plant-based foods that contain the vitamin. Dole’s portobellos will give you 400 IUs of vitamin D per 3-ounce serving (about 1 cup of diced mushrooms).

55. Fortified milk

Almost all types of cow’s milk in the U.S. are fortified with vitamin D, but ice cream and cheese are not. 

In general, an 8-ounce glass of milk contains at least 100 IUs of vitamin D, and a 6-ounce serving of yogurt contains 80 IUs, but the amount can be higher (or lower) depending on how much is added.

Some soy and rice milks are fortified with about the same amount, but check the label since not all contain vitamin D.

66. Some types of orange juice

Not a dairy fan? No problem. You can get vitamin D from fortified orange juice. 

One 8-ounce glass of fortified juice usually has around 100 IUs of vitamin D, but the amount varies from brand to brand. Not all brands are fortified, so check the label. 

Two fortified brands, Florida Natural Orange Juice and Minute Maid Kids+ Orange Juice, contain 100 IUs per 8-ounce serving.

77. Supplements

Vitamin D supplements can help you get your proper daily dose, and as Dr. Honig points out, you don’t run into the issue of skin cancer as you might with UV rays. “And it’s not like calcium,” he says. “You don’t have to split up your vitamin D dose; you can take it all at one time.” 

Too much vitamin D can be toxic, however. The IOM sets the upper limit at 4,000 IUs for people aged 9 and older. That includes all sources—food, sun, and supplements. 

Talk to your doctor before choosing a dosage.

88. Egg Yolks

Eggs are a convenient way to get vitamin D. They’re popular in many breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes. Since the vitamin D in an egg comes from its yolk, it’s important to use the whole egg—not just the whites. One yolk will give you about 40 IUs, but don’t try to get your daily vitamin D just from eggs. One egg contains about 200 milligrams of cholesterol, and the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 300 milligrams a day for heart health.

99. Fortified Cereal

If you’re a vitamin D seeker looking for a crunch, look no further than fortified cereals. Choose a low-calorie fortified cereal like Multi Grain Cheerios to get part of your daily fill of vitamin D. You can pair it with fortified milk and a glass of fortified OJ too. A 1-cup (29 gram) serving of Multi Grain Cheerios with one-half cup of fortified milk is 90 IUs; add in an 8-ounce glass of fortified orange juice, and your total is close to 200 IUs.

1010. Cod Liver Oil

While its name might suggest a less-than-savory flavor, cod liver oil is often flavored with mint or citrus, or comes in capsule form. One tablespoon contains about 1,300 IUs of vitamin D, which is more than twice the recommended dietary allowance of 600 IUs per day. That amount doesn’t exceed the maximum upper-level intake of 4,000 IUs for people over 8 years old, but it exceeds the daily maximum for infants (1,000 IUs).           Read the original article by Ella Quittner here!



Founder of Cancer Recovery Foundation Responds to World Cancer Report 2014

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Greg Anderson, Founder & CEO of Cancer Recovery Foundation International, Responds to World Cancer Report 2014

The new World Cancer Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), recently predicted worldwide cancer rates to rise by 57 percent in the next two decades.  The report used its strongest language ever to highlight the problem including the dire prediction of “an imminent human disaster” if we do not act.WorldCancerReport

The report issued a sobering warning:  “We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem. More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.”

The global burden of cancer is the single most important reason why the Cancer Recovery Foundation Group of charities, including Breast Cancer Charities of America and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation maintain a major commitment to medical missions through their International Aid programs.

The organizations’ medical missions program distributes cancer treatment medicines, cancer diagnostic and treatment equipment as well as ancillary medical supplies to mission hospitals globally.  Recent recipients include cancer treatment centers in Guatemala, Honduras, Grenada, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, DR Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, The Philippines and Viet Nam.

“We believe we are our brothers (and sisters) keepers,” said Greg Anderson.  “When we began our work, we clearly stated our mission was to help ALL people prevent and survive cancer.  Our International Aid program fulfills that mission mandate.”

The World Cancer Report said the growing cancer burden disproportionately impacts developing nations—the very countries that have the least resources to respond to the problem.  Approximately 60 percent of the world’s cancer cases and approximately 70 percent of the world’s cancer death occur in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

“This is exactly why we are committed to helping in this way,” said Anderson.  More information on how The Breast Cancer Charities of America helps, visit their website.



Proton Therapy: New Less Toxic Treatment for Early Stage Breast Cancer

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Proton Therapy is a relatively newer form of cancer treatment. It has shown remarkable promise and advantages over conventional therapy in the treatment of breast cancer.

Proton radiation therapy is non-invasive treatment that offers a low-risk option for early breast cancer patients. It has less impact on the healthy tissue near the tumor site that is being treated with the proton therapy. This is because the proton goes directly in to the tumor with pinpoint precision and stays within the tumor. This is unlike traditional therapies that have an exit point. Compared to traditional radiation, proton therapy does not leave any burn marks and does not cause any cosmetic or tissue damage.

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Image Credit: University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute

Researchers and physicians stress that proton therapy is not a replacement for a lumpectomy but rather a less toxic path of treatment afterwards. At a proton therapy center, the average breast cancer patient will receive a 30 minute to 1 hour per day for a total of 10 days of proton treatment on an outpatient basis. Compared to radiation and/or chemotherapy which require at least 5 to 7 weeks of treatment, proton therapy allows the patient a faster approach to treatment.
Other strong points for Proton Therapy leading the way as a new treatment are:

  • Treatment offers faster recovery time with minimal side effects
  • Pain-less for most patients
  • Little to no hair loss
  • Proton radiation has little to no impact on patient energy levels

Currently in the United States there are 12 Proton Therapy Centers with several more in the planning stages at leading treatment hospitals and facilities.
Current operating centers include:



PRESS Forward Against Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  Our central focus is on educating, empowering and encouraging all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.

We offer leading edge, state-of-the-art, research-backed programs that focus on all that women can do in addition to medical care.  Our services include nutrition, exercise, and social support all the while defusing the fear that often accompanies breast cancer.  And we provide help now with emergency financial assistance to medicines and medical supplies to women in poverty.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer….

Prevention

Studies show that 8 of 10 breast cancers can be prevented.   Prevention—not just early detection.  Breast cancer prevention is the new frontier.  Excellent studies show that prevention is possible.  We lead the way with our Vitamin D Promise program.

Research

Though the “New Era Cancer Research Fund” we underwrite less-toxic, minimally-invasive diagnosis and treatment options.  This includes research on topics such as the link between Vitamin D and a reduction in cancer; how food choices impact your body during treatment and studies on Proton Therapy as a first-line treatment.

Education

Education is power in preventing and surviving breast cancer.  From teaching breast self exams to wise exercise, from managing post-treatment side-effects to mobilizing the mind for healing, we guide and support women to actively participate in health and healing.  Our University Education Program teaches students the lifestyle choices they can make at an early age to prevent breast cancer.

Survival

BCCA’s integrated cancer care program supports and complements conventional medical treatment.  The program encompasses the whole person—body, mind and spirit.  While accomplished in addition to conventional medical care, we understand it takes more than medicine to get well and stay well.

Support

When breast cancer strikes, it impacts the entire family and all areas of their life, especially financially.  We have designed our Help Now Fund to assist with the basic needs of cancer patients in need.  The demand is huge and we limit our funding to past-due rents and utilities.  Our commitment: no woman will go through breast cancer without a roof over her head and the basics of daily needs.

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We PRESS Forward in the fight against breast cancer.  We inspire hope.  We nurture healing.  We renew life.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  We are the new voice of breast cancer.  We are passionate, filled with energy and a vision.  And we will not stop until breast cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

Join us.  Make your voice heard.  It’s a new day in the world of breast cancer.



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Breast Cancer Charity Events in The Woodlands

Updated: Friday, 01 Oct 2010, 11:28 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 01 Oct 2010, 11:28 AM CDT

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – It is difficult for someone to imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer and not having the financial resources to pay for treatment.
It is a reality for many women to choose between either paying rent. or paying medical bills.

Non-profit organization The Breast Cancer Charities of America serves the women of Texas by helping with additional expenses such as the cost of rent and food.

FOX 26 Morning News Extra met with one BCCA volunteer Maria Ortega, a breast cancer survivor.

BCCA has been able to help twenty women across Texas and six in the Houston area.

Two BCCA fundraising events will take place in October.

Erica Harvey from BCCA previews the Stiletto Sprint and Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala on FOX 26 Morning News Extra.

The Stiletto Sprint takes place Saturday, Oct. 16 at Creekside Park in The Woodlands. Registration for men’s and women’s races begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala takes place Friday, Oct. 29 in Avia The Woodlands between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets for the event cost $100 each.

On the Web:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America — http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/

For the full video go to http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/health/101001-breast-cancer-charity-events-the-woodlands