When one thinks of October pastimes, picking bushels of apples, drinking piping hot cider and donning a spooky Halloween costume come to mind. But did you that this month is also dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer and vegetarianism? The two issues may not seemingly go hand-in-hand, but a diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains is certainly intrinsic to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Studies have shown that cruciferous vegetables (fondly nicknamed as “crucifers”) like broccoli, cauliflower and our Living Watercress contain large amounts of the sulfur-containing chemical glucosinolate. This chemical is thought to inhibit breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer development. According to cancer.gov, glucosinolate compounds help protect cells from DNA damage, have antiviral and antibacterial effects, and they inhibit tumor blood vessel formation and tumor cell migration.
Researchers have also begun to investigate whether vegetarians have a lower risk of developing cancer than their meat-eating counterparts. Findings to date are limited, but one study reports that “suboptimal dieting choices” may be linked to as many of 50% of breast cancer cases.
Endeavor to make more nutritious meals this month by preparing colorful vegetarian dishes. Taste and Savor’s Cauliflower Tabbouleh in Living Butter Lettuce Cups combines cauliflower and our Living Butter Lettuce to create a crisp meatless snack or lunch. Along with glucosinolate – rich cauliflower, our Living Butter Lettuce is also full of vitamins and has high doses of beta-carotene which is often linked to cancer prevention. If you’d like to pump up your veggie intake at breakfast, try Nourish With Whole Food’s acai bowl. The Live Gourmet enthusiast combines acai powder with a variety of vitamin rich fruits and vegetables, including our very own Living Watercress.
You can still get in the fall spirit by eating healthy. Pick up your favorite apples from your local orchard and add them to Taste and Savor’s Romaine Wrap with Crunchy Apple Salad. Whether you’re an avid vegetarian or enthusiastic meat eater, including more fresh veggies and fruits in every meal will improve you and your family’s overall health. Take a cue from Live Gourmet by creatively serving a fall veggie dish in a carved out pumpkin or squash!