Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fruits and Vegetables Alone May Not Cut Cancer Risk

Source: Science Daily (Summary by NIM)

There are many health benefits to consuming lots of fruits and veggies, but according to researchers, cancer protection surprisingly may not be one of them. In a study of data from 400,000 men and women, it was found that consumption of fruits and veggies alone only mildly reduced the incidence of developing cancer.

I don't know about you, but even a mild reduction in risk for something as severe and life-threatening as cancer is reason enough for me to take note! The researchers found that a higher consumption of fruits and veggies was associated with other factors of a healthy lifestyle such as being physically active, never smoking (or rarely), not drinking too much, and so on. It seems that people who eat healthfully tend to be more mindful of what they do with and put inside their bodies in order to maintain optimal health.

This study was based on existing data and it's not clear exactly what the researchers' definition of 'high intake' was. With everything we know about the health benefits of fruits and veggies, we really do need to make sure we get those 7-10 servings each day, and even more if possible! We simply cannot afford to miss out on all the amazing nutrition that fruits and veggies provide us with!

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Cancer Protective Effect of Fruits and Vegetables May Be Modest at Best" from Science Daily (Apr. 7, 2010).