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This Quinoa, Shrimp and Mango Salad is Low-Cal, Nutrient Dense and Might Even Reduce Cancer Risk
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Friday, July 10, 2015

Did you know that approximately one third to one half of all cancers are preventable? That's why Jason's Deli and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recently expanded their healthy alliance by introducing a new, nutrient-rich Quinoa [pronounced KEEN-wah], Shrimp & Mango Salad as part of the “Strike Through Cancer” campaign to raise money for cancer research and prevention.

The chefs at Jason's Deli (a family-owned deli restaurant chain with more than 250 locations in 29 states) and MD Anderson dieticians and cancer prevention researchers collaborated over several months to develop the new Quinoa, Shrimp & Mango Salad specifically designed with nutrition in mind. The chefs worked with different combinations of nutrient-dense ingredients identified by the MD Anderson team until they landed on a taste and presentation they knew would delight Jason's Deli guests.

“Our alliance with Jason's Deli extends far beyond fundraising. It is based on our mutual interest in providing people with accessible and healthy dining options, especially promoting a diet that is largely plant based and may have the potential to reduce the risk of cancer,” said Therese Bevers, M.D., professor, Clinical Cancer Prevention at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “This collaboration is a great reminder that there are steps we can take every day to reduce the chances of a future diagnosis.”

 ...“{The salad} is based on our mutual interest in providing people with accessible and healthy dining options, especially promoting a diet that...may have the potential to reduce the risk of cancer.”...  

-Therese Bevers, M.D., Professor, Clinical Cancer Prevention at MD Anderson Cancer Center

The nutrient-rich salad is specifically designed as a convenient and healthy dining option in accordance with the American Institute of Cancer Research's and World Cancer Research Fund's guidelines for cancer risk reduction.

Not only is the salad packed with flavor and fresh ingredients such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains, it only contains approximately 310 calories for an entree portion. Ingredients and nutritional information can be found here.

In addition to co-creating the new salad, Jason's Deli hosted the “Strike Through Cancer” campaign during the month of June in stores throughout the country to raise money for cancer research and prevention at MD Anderson. 

“We are deeply honored to continue the ‘Strike Through Cancer’ campaign with MD Anderson,” said Joe Tortorice Jr., CEO of Jason's Deli. “No one is immune to cancer and many of our employees and their families have been touched by it. Supporting cancer prevention through high-quality menu options and funding cancer research through generosity of spirit is a deeply meaningful pursuit for us.”

The “Strike Through Cancer” campaign was originally launched in 2013 after several Jason's Deli employees and their family members rebounded from cancer thanks to the care and expertise provided by MD Anderson experts.

Jason's Deli helped expand MD Anderson's research efforts by donating money from in-store bottled water sales to the world-renowned cancer center. Specially designed labels on Jason's Deli-branded water bottles called attention to the effort by featuring stories and photos of Jason's Deli employees and their families touched by cancer. The water bottle campaign, which is ongoing at Jason's Deli, has raised more than $300,000 to date and was recently honored by the Cause Marketing Forum (CMF) with a Golden Halo nomination for excellence in health-related campaigns. To learn more about the "Strike Through Cancer" campaign, click here.

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