More Encouragement for an American-Mediterranean Diet

November 6, 2009 in Blog Recipes, Diabetic Menu Item, Mediterranean, Nutrition by Joyce Bunderson

The American Journal of Epidemiology has reported on a study that has compared the western-style diet with a ‘healthy/Mediterranean’ diet as related to breast cancer.

The researchers were trying to find evidence of diet being related to postmenopausal breast cancer risk.  They examined the association between dietary patterns and breast cancer for a large group of French women. They followed 2,381 breast cancer cases for an average of 9.7 years (between 1993 to 2005). The women with the breast cancer were part of a large cohort (65,374).

What they found was that two dietary patterns were identified.

•    The first group was called, the ‘alcohol/Western’ it included: meat products, fast food, French fries, eggs, alcoholic beverages, cakes, mayonnaise, and butter/cream.

•    The second group was called, ‘healthy/Mediterranean’ it included: vegetables, fruits, seafood, olive oil, and sunflower oil.

The first group was positively associated with breast cancer risk and the second group was negatively associated with breast cancer risk.  What the authors suggested is, “Adherence to a diet comprising mostly fruits, vegetables, fish, and olive/sunflower oil, along with avoidance of Western-type foods, may contribute to a substantial reduction in postmenopausal breast cancer risk. “

To find the entire article start with this: American Journal of Epidemiology Advance Access originally published online on October 14, 2009 American Journal of Epidemiology 2009 170(10):1257-1267; doi:10.1093/aje/kwp257

This Pan Roasted Vegetables with Chicken recipe is a tasty was to implement an American-Mediterranean style of eating.

*****I love ‘One Cooking’ – ‘Two or more Meals’!  The really nice thing about this is that the two meals are fairly different; both are easy. Last night’s dinner - Pan Roasted Vegetables with Chicken – today’s lunch Fajita Sandwich.

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