October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer seems to affect nearly all of us in one way or the other, and it is important to pause periodically and think about just how far we have come in our understanding and treatment of the disease. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’d like to encourage you, and everyone you know, to take this opportunity to increase your fruit and vegetable intake as part of your own personal healthy living and anti-breast cancer campaign. To that end, try adding a salad filled with leafy greens and fruits to meals as a way to boost your fruit and vegetable consumption.
Research studies have shown somewhat mixed results for the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and breast cancer risk. While there are studies which show that eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with lower risk of breast cancer occurrence, there are other studies which have not found this association. The relationship is a little too complicated to go into in this brief post, however, there are still lots of good reasons to eat fruits and vegetables every day as part of your healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables are generally a good source of fiber, provide important vitamins and minerals, are low in calories, nutrient dense, and delicious. They are very versatile, make an easily portable snack, and can be a source of hydration since many fruits and vegetables have a high water content relative to their overall composition.
So, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because it supports your healthy living goals, increase your fruit and vegetable intake this month, and every month, from now on.
About the salad…this salad, typical of salads I make nearly every day, includes lettuce, endive, cherry tomatoes, marcona almonds, clementine slices, dried cranberries and a sprinkle of goat cheese crumbles. Dressing is a simple olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette with a dash of salt and some ground black pepper.
Do you have a favorite salad combination? Please write and let me know…and, enjoy this beautiful fall weather with a walk outside!