This Sunday, people around the nation celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. From Chicagoans turning the river green to folks in Savannah having parades and debauchery, most cities had some form of St. Patrick’s Day fun going on. And can we be honest? We’re friends, right? Most of the St. Patty’s celebrations that I’ve been invited to include green beer… lots and lots of green beer. That’s where the problem starts.
Last year, the American Cancer Society published a report on alcohol use and increased cancer risks. The study stated, “Alcohol use has been linked with a higher risk of cancers of the colon and rectum. The evidence for such a link is generally stronger in men than in women, although studies have found the link in both sexes.” Duh, duh, duuuuh. (That was the scary sounding music.) Uh-oh, maybe that fifth green beer wasn’t the best idea.
I’m not going to say don’t wear your green shirt and shamrock lei. Heck, I am not going to say don’t have the green beer. But don’t drink an excessive amount of green beer. And what kind of friend what I be if I didn’t offer you another green solution…
What if you try the “mean green?” No, it doesn’t have midori in it. It has kale and cucumbers in it. That’s right. It is vegetable juice! Why vegetable juice? Because fiber rich foods help cut down your risk of developing colon cancer. Don’t believe me, just ask Dr. Oz. Last year, he did a whole show on cutting your cancer risk. He stated that women who ate a high fiber diet had a greater than 20 percent reduction in their risk of cancer compared to those with low fiber intake. Isn’t that good news?
It sounds like a win-win for me. You get your St. Patty’s Day festive colored drink, but instead of depleting your health, this drink enhances your health. And that is truly a reason to celebrate!