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March 18, 2014 | 2 minute read

Voters Select Champion Cancer-Preventive Dish in AICR’s Recipe March Madness

Bracket Competition Celebrates AICR’s 500th Health-e-Recipe

WASHINGTON, DC — Beginning today, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is preparing to celebrate the 500th issue of its Health-e-Recipe e-publication – and highlighting how what we eat plays a pivotal role in cancer prevention – by asking all cooks and food lovers to vote in AICR’s “Recipe March Madness” brackets.

The winning recipe will be featured in AICR’s milestone issue of Health-e-Recipe on April 15. Voters can see the recipes and pictures at www.aicr.org/recipe500.

“Recipes represent a hands-on way that AICR helps people put our Recommendations for Cancer Prevention onto their plate,” says AICR Associate Director of Nutrition Programs Alice Bender, MS, RDN.

“Research shows that eating a plant-based diet, which helps with weight control, reduces the risk of the most common cancers. From appetizers to entrees, our dishes include a lot of colorful vegetables, fruits, grains and other plant foods that give flavor, texture and health-promoting, cancer-protective nutrients and phytochemicals,” said Bender.

Today, over 50,000 people receive AICR’s Health-e-Recipes, a free weekly e-publication that launched in 2004. Each recipe is developed and tested to ensure that it follows AICR’s Guidelines, which are in accordance with the findings of AICR’s expert report and its continuous updates on cancer prevention.

Dishes are designed to maximize flavor with low to moderate calorie-counts so they can help people get to and stay a healthy weight. AICR estimates that obesity is a cause of approximately 120,900 US cancer cases a year.

Recipe March Madness begins with the round of Sweet 16, a collection of AICR’s most popular recipes. The four categories include: Appetizers, Side Dishes, Entrees and Desserts.

Each Tuesday, AICR will pit the winning dishes of each category against one another for the next round of voting. March 25th will feature the Elite 8; April 1 is the Final 4; and April 8 pinpoints the Championship Matchup. AICR will feature the Winning Recipe the following Tuesday in Health-e-Recipe.

Voters can read AICR Recipe Guidelines on our site.

Sign up for Health-e-Recipe and vote online at Recipe500.

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