With the upcoming Labor Day festivities, researchers at the American Institute for Cancer Research are asking all Americans to reconsider what they put in their Labor Day picnic boxes. According to cancer research, the American penchant for feasting, particularly around the impending harvest holiday, has long-term repercussions when it comes to obesity rates and chronic diseases, such as cancer or heart disease. According to the AICR, the insistence on the Labor Day feast actually predates the holiday; in fact, the ancient harvest festival in most cultures celebrated the fruits of summer before the onset of the colder season. But now that food is readily available throughout the year, there’s really no need to add a little extra poundage like our ancestors might have. Because being overweight or obese considerably increases one’s risk for post-menopausal breast cancer and other cancers (colon, kidney, etc.), AICR experts suggest Americans closely look at what goes into their Labor Day feast. For instance, a plate loaded with macaroni salad, potato chips, and a cheeseburger can easily add up to 1,000 calories, so the holidays are a good occasion to try healthier renditions of picnic favorites, like Portobello mushroom burgers, grilled fruit, or three-bean salad.Recipes for healthy picnic dishes can be found at http://www.aicr.org.