By Pamela Redwine
Please remember our Food for Families Food Drive which is going on now through the middle of December. Drop off boxes are located in Coffeeville at the Extension Office, Renasant Bank, The Drug Store, Library and in Water Valley at Larson’s Big Star and The Other Place.
The Healthy You Exercise Class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. Come join us!
LOVE YOUR DARK LEAFY GREENS
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Called the “stealth cancer,” pancreatic cancer accounts for just two percent of new U.S. cancer cases — yet is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths, in part because it is so difficult to detect. Tucked behind the small intestine, the pancreas is an organ which produces insulin and releases enzymes that help aid digestion. Pancreatic cancer has a mortality rate of 86 percent making it one of the deadliest cancers — so prevention is key. Obesity and diabetes are known risk factors, but a recent study zeroes in on the role of diet, singling out dark green vegetables as offering particular benefits.
The Mayo Clinic teamed up with the National Institute of Health to see how dietary patterns impacted pancreatic cancer risk among 1,530 men and women (average age 66) over the course of five years. Overall, lower consumption of fruit and vegetables translated into a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer. Consumption of dark green vegetables had the greatest benefit, a 57 percent reduced risk. This bolsters previous research, which found consumption of at least two cups of vegetables a day — yams, carrots, onions and dark leafy greens — halved pancreatic cancer risk. What else can you do to minimize risk? Here are a few tips:
• Eat more tomatoes, watermelon and guava — all top sources of lycopene, which might help protect the pancreas, according to a University of Montreal study.
• Focus on vitamin D, linked to a 43% reduced risk in one study by Northwestern University.
• Avoid processed meat and limit red meat, which are linked to a 70% and 53% increased risk respectively.
• Quit smoking! Cigarettes don’t just cause lung cancer, smokers are two to three times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
While more research is needed to confirm the dark green veggie link to lower pancreatic cancer risk, there are plenty of other reasons to enjoy spinach, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli and the like.
Article Source: http://news letter.dole.com/2012/love-your-dark-leafy-greens/
By Pamela Redwine
• 3/4 pound Kale
• 2 teaspoons olive OR Canola oil
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
• 2 teaspoons lite soy sauce OR liquid aminos
• 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
• 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1. Cut stems off kale leaves with knife. Cut leaves crosswise into thin threads. Rinse well. Blanch in large pot of boiling water 2 to 3 minutes. Drain well.
2. Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet. Add garlic, ginger and pepper flakes; cook over low heat, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Add blanched kale and soy sauce to pan. Cook, stirring 5 to 7 minutes, until heated through.
3. Just before serving, stir in sesame oil. sprinkle with almonds.
Recipe Source: http://newsletter.dole.com/items /asian-style-wilted-kale
3. Cover; blend until smooth
Recipe Source: http://newsletter.dole.com/items /asian-style-wilted-kale/