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High Calorie Content in Apple Juice Poses Health Risk

Posted by PCF Admin on December 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - There have been recent headlines about arsenic in apple juice, but leading experts say the real problem is the juice’s high sugar and calorie count. Nutritionists believe the popularity of apple juice, combined with its lackluster nutritional values, is adding to the childhood obesity epidemic and tooth decay. Some nutritionists say other juices can be just as harmful. Despite being fortified with vitamins in an attempt to balance out high calorie content, these juices can still cause health problems. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, drinking fruit juice offers no additional benefits over eating whole fruits. The Food Institute says that Americans drink an average of 267 ounces (over 2 gallons) of apple juice a year, second only to orange juice. Read the full story at the Associated Press. Apple juice can pose risk from calories

Teen Wins $100K Cancer Research Prize

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on December 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Research - A 17 year-old California student, Angela Zhang, won the top individual honor at the Siemens Foundation’s annual high school science competition for creating a precise cancer fighting particle. The particle improves on current cancer treatments because it can deliver drugs directly to tumor cells, avoiding any damage to healthy cells. The particle is able to release the drug by laser activation avoiding more invasive procedures. Zhang said her research was partially motivated by her family’s loss of ...

High Blood Sugar May Increase Colon Cancer Risk

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Research - A recently published study in the British Journal of Cancer suggests elevated blood sugar levels may increase women’s risk of colon cancer. Over a 12-year period women with the highest blood sugar levels were nearly twice as likely to develop colon cancer than women with the lowest blood sugar levels. None of the women had blood sugar levels high enough to be considered diabetic. The study hypothesized that high levels of blood sugar, or glucose, may fuel ...

Food Heavyweights Asked to Help in Childhood Obesity Fight

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Healthy Eating - The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a Washington-based coalition chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama is focusing on the private sector to help stop the childhood obesity epidemic. In the past year the group has signed nearly 20 deals with the some of the biggest food companies in America. The PHA is working with companies to make it viable to offer increasingly healthy choices without hurting their bottom lines. For instance, Wal-Mart is currently working ...