Slash Prostate Risk at Your Father’s Day BBQ
According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2013, 239 000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States. Fortunately, scientists, researchers, and health professionals are becoming savvy about ways to prevent conditions that threaten the healthy men in our lives. Eating a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods, such as tomato products, is one of the leading cancer-preventative and health promoting strategies.
New research from the Cancer Preventative Journal indeed points out the bioactive, cancer-fighting and health protective qualities of tomatoes. In the study, mice that were genetically engineered with an aggressive form of prostate cancer were fed one of four diets: a diet rich in tomatoes, a diet rich in soy, a diet rich in both tomatoes and soy, or a diet with neither. The study found that mice fed the combination diet had the least risk for developing the disease. And in second place? The mice fed just the tomato-rich diet. In fact, only 45 percent of the mice fed the combination diet and only 61 percent of the mice fed the tomato-rich diet developed disease.
The study’s co-author, Krystle Zuniga suggests, “three to four servings of tomato products per week and one to two servings of soy foods daily could protect against prostate cancer.” The study advocates for the benefits of eating whole foods to provide a bounty of disease-fighting compounds – and when whole foods are eaten together and on a regular basis, that’s even better! So for your Father’s Day BBQ this year, give Dad the gift of health by combining tomato products with a variety of other whole foods.
- Layer salsa with guacamole to make a delicious and festive dip that’s perfect for freshly cut veggies or whole grain tortilla chips
- Sip on tomato juice or add tomato juice to your smoothies
- Incorporate tomato paste in your homemade barbeque sauces
- Use tomato sauce in your homemade recipe for BBQ Beans
- Construct your own hearty sandwiches, packed with veggies and served on a whole grain bun, such as the recipe below.
Philly Cheese Steak Smothered in Tomatoes
This lighter version of a classic favorite sandwich will help keep Dad healthy, while also keeping his taste buds more than satisfied.
Makes 4 sandwiches
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. lean skirt steak, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, sliced
2 oz Portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 15-oz can tomato sauce, no salt added
Ground black pepper, as desired
¼ tsp oregano
4 oz Mozzarella cheese, part skim
4 whole grain rolls (hoagie or submarine), split
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or sauté pan.
- Place sliced steak into the pan and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Add garlic and onions, cooking for 2 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and peppers and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, black pepper and oregano and bring to simmer. Cook until vegetables and meat are very tender.
- Arrange meat, vegetables and sauce over split roll and top with 1 oz of Mozzarella cheese.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 597 calories, 41 g carbohydrates, 36 g protein, 33 g fat, 531 mg sodium, 6 g fiber.