According to the National Center
for Health Statistics, 538,455 people died of cancer in 1995,
the latest year for which statistics are available. The incidence
of cancer increases with age from 2% for 18-24 to 23% for those
65 years and older. The key years for cancer prevention then
are between the ages of 35 and 64 years. Thus, the ultimate food
item must be one for those in this age span.
There is a definite gender discrimination
in the mid-life years of 35-64. Women are subject more physiological
conditions than men at this time. Females must endure menopause,
hormone change and bone mass degeneration as middle age progresses.
Women, age 35-64 are the main focus for the ultimate food item.
The ultimate food item for 35-to-64
year old women must help prevent cancer while proactively addressing
the physiological changes of women.
Clinical research at the Hollings
Cancer Center (Charleston, SC) has determined that a diet 150gm
(1cup) of red raspberries can help prevent cancer. Why? Red raspberries
have the highest incidence of ellagic acid, a proven anticarcinogen,
antimutagen, and cancer-blocker.
Studies at the University of
Illinois indicate that women who eat 40 grams of soy protein
daily build up bone mass in their spines by 2 percent.
Another study suggests that
soy can reduce the severity of menopausal hot flashes. In addition,
a wealth of studies indicate that soy protein may fight heart
disease in women and men by lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein,
the so-called bad cholesterol.
The ultimate food for 35-to-64
year old women then should contain contain red raspberries and
soy protein. How do you make the two palatable? Smoothies are
the answer. The recipe here takes minutes to prepare. It tastes
great. In addition it is loaded with vitamins and other important
2 cups fresh or frozen red
1 cup nonfat or 1 percent milk
3 Tbsp. red raspberry preserves
4 ice cubes
2 scoops plair or vanilla soy protein powder*
Combine ingredients in blender.
Cover and blend at high speed for about 1 minute.
Makes 2 servings.
*Soy protein powder is available
at health food stores everywhere. Be sure to pick a product that
says "Supro" on the can. Avoid powders that contain
More Raspberry Smoothie Recipes!
Berry Smooth Shake
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup cold skim milk
1 cup plain low fat yogurt
2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6-8 crushed ice cubes
Place berries and 1/2 cup milk
in blender. Blend on high for one minute until smooth. Add remaining
milk, yogurt, honey, banana and vanilla. Beat for another minute.
Add crushed ice cubes. Blend slowly until smooth. Yield: 3 1/2
Bear Lake Raspberry Shake
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 pint vanilla ice cream
In a blender or food processor,
whirl milk, 1 cup berries, and ice cream until smooth. Scrape
sides several times. Pour into 1 very large (28oz.) or 2 large
(14oz.) glasses. Top with remaining berries. Makers 3 1/4 cups
---One berry large (!!!) or 2 medium size servings.