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separator What's in Your Cereal?
The wrong kind of cereal gets your day started as if you were eating candy. Take Froot Loops. It has no fruit and no fiber. Half its calories come from sugar. Is this how you want your kids-or yourself-to be eating?

Breakfast cereals can be a trap. They may be fortified with some nutrients, but many cereals are full of sugar. Choose the whole grain, high fiber, low sugar cereals. They're not as exciting as the Froot Loop-type stuff, but they're good for you. And you can add real fruit to sweeten them up.

Source: D Nestle. Food Politics. University of California Press, 2002.

Limit Hot Dogs, Bologna, Bacon
Want to decrease your risk of getting diabetes? One good way is to limit processed meats. In a recent study, men who ate
  • Bacon
  • Bologna
  • Hot dogs
at least five times per week had the highest risk. Of course, the French fries, mayonnaise and other foods you often eat with processed meats aren't doing you much good either.

Don't become a part of the diabetes epidemic. Change your food choices before your food changes your health status.

Source: Diabetes Care, March 2002.

Eat Well to Avoid IBS
People of all ages can get irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. It's a common disorder of the intestines that causes crampy pain, gassiness, bloating, and changes in bowel habits-diarrhea or constipation, and sometimes both.

Typical snack foods, like potato chips, tortilla chips and French fries can make the symptoms of IBS a lot worse.

Two good rules of thumb for most people with IBS:
  • Avoid fatty foods (high fat snacks, fried foods)
  • Gradually add more fiber-fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and brown rice, etc.
Keeping a food diary can help you determine which foods bother your condition the most. Keep track of everything you eat (including tobacco, alcohol and caffeine), and note every symptom. Over time, a pattern may emerge that identifies foods to stick with and foods to stay away from.

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, March 2002

Foods to Prevent Cancer
Eating five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent cancer, according to a research review conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research. The review estimated that "diets high in vegetables and fruits (more than 14 ounces a day) could prevent at least 20 percent of all cancer incidence."

Foods rich in cancer-protective chemicals include
  • Cabbage-family vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts)
  • Dried beans and peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Deep yellow-orange vegetables and fruits
  • Citrus fruits
  • Blueberries
  • Dried fruits (prunes, raisins, etc.)
Source: American Institute for Cancer Research, March 2002

Eating during Chemo
The nausea that's often a part of cancer treatment makes eating a challenge. If nausea is a problem for you, try some of these foods
  • Toast and crackers
  • Yogurt, sherbet and popsicles
  • Canned peaches, pears, melons
  • Baked or boiled chicken without the skin
  • Hot cereal, such as oatmeal
  • Clear liquid
Avoid fatty, greasy or fried foods, highly sweet foods like cake and foods with strong odors. It's also helpful to eat small amounts several times a day, rather than three bigger meals.

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research, March 2002

Dehydration and Cancer Treatment
When you're getting cancer treatment, it's important to get enough liquid. The treatment itself can cause dehydration. And dehydration can make you feel more tired than usual, which is the last thing you need when you're having chemotherapy, radiation or other cancer treatment.
  • Keep a glass of water, fruit juice or vegetable juice handy all the time.
  • Try to avoid carbonated drinks. They can make you feel full and contribute to loss of appetite.
  • Caffeinated drinks aren't a great idea either. They can keep you from sleeping well.
If you have no appetite, your doctor may recommend a drink or shake that can supplement your food.

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