On Our Radar: Soy Gets a Greenlight + More

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To Juice or Not to Juice?

If you’re curious about juicing but can’t quite bring yourself to put that down payment on a Vitamix yet, check out The Washington Post‘s useful guide, The Keys to Nutritious Juicing, this week. They walk you through the pros (one glass of carrot juice contains the nutrients of up to 10 whole carrots!), and cons (many juices are chock full of sugar per ounce), and offer up recipes like “Salad in a Glass,” “Popeye’s Secret,” and “Garlic Delight.”

Soy Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors

If soy was the “it” food of the ’90s, hailed for its capacity to build bone density, reduce hot flashes, and even ward off breast cancer, the super-food suffered a backlash in more recent decades. As fewer studies affirmed the bean’s benefits and more studies suggested that it could have detrimental effects on hormones and women’s reproductive systems, soy suffered a fall from grace.

But a recent study presented by the American Association for Cancer Research may bring public opinion about soy back to neutral ground. The Los Angeles Times this week reported on the study, which suggests that eating soy has not demonstrated cancer recurrences in breast cancer survivors as was previously feared. Here’s more from the story:

Fears that the isoflavone chemicals found in soy — which have estrogen-like properties — might raise the risk of cancer recurrence seem unfounded. The conclusion comes from a large study compiling data from more than 18,000 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer; an average of nine years after diagnosis, no statistical difference was seen between groups of women who ate a lot of soy and those who ate very little, both with regard to either recurrence of the cancers or death.

Three Cheers for “The Gladyator”

She was a multi-engine aircraft pilot, mountain climber, desert hiker, and horseback rider. And now, 92-year-old Gladys Burrill can add Guinness World Record holder to her list of accomplishments. On Monday Burrill–nicknamed “The Gladyator”–was honored by the Hawaii House of Representatives for being the oldest woman to finish a marathon (in her case, the Honolulu Marathon). According to the Associated Press,  Burrill ran her first marathon in 2004 at the age of 86 and credits her positive thinking with giving her the strength to run marathons and keep at it. Read more about Gladys on MSNBC.

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