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Health Report: Making Holidays Healthier Through Food

What if you could make your holiday meals healthier, without sacrificing your favorite foods?
The holidays are about family, fun and food!
But most of us get carried away when it comes to enjoying a holiday meal.
In fact, the average American stuffs down as much as 45-hundred calories on Thanksgiving Day.
But what if you could make your holiday meals healthier, without sacrificing your favorite foods?
Lou Baxter reports on how to fight cancer with your fork this holiday season.

A little of this, a lot of that, and don't forget the pumpkin pie!
When it comes to the holidays, most Americans aren't thinking about healthy foods. But Dr. David Heber says maybe they should!

Dr. David Herber, endocrinologist, said: "For cancer, in particular, nutrition probably accounts for about 30 percent of all cancers."

Many of those holiday favorites can be cancer-fighters.

Dr. Herber, "The holidays are a wonderful time to get healthy."

First, the orange foods. Carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkins contain beta carotene, which may prevent skin cancer.

Dietitian Susan Bowerman says less is more when preparing these classics. Just add a little balsamic vinegar and roast your sweet potatoes.

Susan Bowerman, sports dietetics specialist, said: "When you roast sweet potatoes, it brings out that natural sweetness. They caramelize."

Next up, red foods. Tomatoes have lycopene, which may prevent prostate and breast cancer, but don't store them in the fridge.


"When tomatoes sit out at room temperature, they actually make more lycopene."

Broccoli contains a compound that boosts the body's protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals. Garlic has allyl sulfides, which help kill cancer cells naturally.


"You have to crush the garlic first before you cook it because if you cook it first, you kill the ability of this substance to be helpful. "

And of course, don't forget the turkey, the lean meat that puts the "gobble" in Thanksgiving.

"Turkey breast is actually lower in fat than chicken breast."

So, this holiday, load up on what's good to lower your risk of cancer.
Lou Baxter Jet 24 Action News.
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