When it comes to colorectal cancer, Tennessee has made progress — nearly 70% of residents over 50 have been screened. Still, the largely preventable disease takes far too many lives each year: 1,200.
Fortunately, there are easy habits you can adopt to lower your risk:
In Tennessee, an average of 7.5 potential years of life are lost to colon cancer
When it comes to colon-friendly eating, the rules are simple:
- Whole grains
- Fiber-rich foods
- Red meat (beef, lamb)
- Processed meat (hot dogs, deli meat, sausage)
Here are 5 colon-friendly recipes to try this month
Full of flavor, fiber and protein, these burgers are delicious grilled or pan-seared. Bonus: they’re vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
Spinach is a good source of fiber and minerals including potassium, iron and folic acid. Lean, white chicken meat is also a great way to add protein without red meat.
Simple and surprising, this salad has only 5 ingredients but is full of vitamin C and fiber. Grapefruit also contains flavonoids, which have been shown to slow the production of cancer cells.
This recipe uses whole-grain pasta, green vegetables and a zesty sauce to create a hearty, fiber-rich dinner that will keep you feeling full.
Equally delicious for breakfast or dessert, this riff on zucchini bread uses chocolate for sweetness and walnuts for texture and fiber.
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