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Food for Life News You Need | March 2013

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What would be a good diet for reducing my risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH?
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Summer 2013 Food for Life Application Deadline is March 29!

Food for Life TrainingDon’t miss out on your chance to join the movement to help save lives! PCRM is holding its Summer 2013 Food for Life certification program on Wednesday, June 26, through Friday, June 28, in Washington, D.C.  Apply on our website >

Food for Life Instructor Spotlight: Kendra Julian-Baker

Kendra Julian Baker Food for Life instructorBaton Rouge native and Food for Life instructor Kendra Julian-Baker is an advocate for the health of people and animals. As a registered nurse, Kendra sees the consequences of a poor diet every day. She makes it part of her mission to inspire others to eat well, and therefore, live well.  Read more >

A Plant-Powered Prescription

21-Day Kickstart alumni Naomi21-Day Kickstart alumni Naomi discovered the benefits of a plant-based diet by reading Neal Barnard, M.D.’s book on reversing diabetes. Within months of following a plant-based diet, Naomi no longer had to take her diabetes meds! Read more about her story on PCRM's website > or Submit a personal story of your own >

Food for Life Instructors in the Blogosphere

Several of our Food for Life instructors are not only savvy in the kitchen and as educators within their communities, they’re also talented with words! Find delicious recipes, learn more about a particular nutrition topic, or read an inspiring story. View our bloggers >

Going Green Menu for March

Leafy VegetableMany wear green for the fun of St. Patrick’s Day, but what about making sure to eat enough greens? Green leafy vegetables are rich sources of A, C, E, K, and B vitamins as well as low in fat and high in fiber and calcium content. The best way to welcome spring is to eat more greens, and that’s where we can help! Start cooking >

Food for Life in the News

Food for Life in the NewsFood for Life instructors Emily Webber and Bethany Davis made an appearance at the Sacramento Veg Fest this past January and showed attendees that a plant-based diet is packed with nutrition and flavor. Read more from the Sacramento News Review >


Dairy Products and Prostate Cancer

There were 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society. Diet can play a strong role in preventing prostate cancer, new research shows. Among the many risks cited, consumption of dietary fat from meat and dairy products account for the most alarming associations.

Several studies link dairy consumption with increased risk of mortality in advanced stages of prostate cancer. International case-control and cohort studies conducted from Uruguay to Japan show links between consuming one to three glasses of milk a day and increased prostate cancer risk. Several factors may explain the link between dairy products and prostate cancer. Research illustrates the adverse effects of milk’s high-calcium content on vitamin D metabolism. Too much calcium can inhibit vitamin D absorption and vitamin D protects the prostate. Consumption of milk also increases serum concentrations of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-1), which can promote growth of prostate tumors. Those who follow a vegan diet generally have a 9 percent lower level of IGF-1 when compared with meat-eaters.

Milk’s low-fiber and high-fat qualities increase the levels of hormones that negatively affect cell division, putting men who drink large amounts at a higher risk. Plant foods, such as tomatoes, soymilk, and green and yellow vegetables are associated with lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Reducing dairy consumption and building a healthy diet full of plants and fiber helps fight prostate cancer, not to mention other associated benefits such as lower cholesterol levels, less saturated fat, and reduced blood pressure.

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