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Eating Fruits and Veggies Doesn't Prevent Cancer

A Sad Day For Fruits and Veggies?

I am a health food nut who craves broccoli and apples, so the new Europoean study that found that increased fruit and veggie intake doesn't do much to decrease cancer risk won't affect my eating habits. This new eight-year study involved collecting self-reported dietary and lifestyle habits of 478,478 people from 10 Western European countries and found that consuming two extra servings of fruit and vegetables only reduced cancer risk by three percent. And three percent is considered "very weak" results. These new findings contradict previous studies that found eating additional produces decreased cancer risk by 20 to 30 percent.

Cancer is a complex disease as is the relationship between diet and lifestyle in disease prevention. We do know that eating lots of red meat increase one's risk for developing colorectal cancer, and that obesity affects breast cancer risk. And let's be clear, this study is by no means an excuse to eat less produce, since a diet high in vegetable matter can help lower blood pressure and blood sugar, thereby reducing the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Plus, fruits and veggies provide necessary nutrition for the body regardless of their cancer fighting properties, and they help in weight loss by increasing the feeling of satiety so we consume fewer calories.

Eating right is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. To reduce your risk of cancer, don't smoke, keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum, and exercise regularly.

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lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
There's a lot more issues with American health than cancer (although I'm not minimizing cancer at all!)-there are still plenty of reasons to eat fruit and veg!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Well veggies are still a lot healthier than a twinkie or the like! I hate when these types of articles come out - isn't the goal to reduce obesity and make people more mindful of their food?! When studies like these come out it makes those who are on the fence about nutrition jump off onto the side of junk food!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I'm very cautious about articles and studies I read. I try to get my hands on the whole report... how the study was done, who was studied, who funded it, what the person studying had to gain, etc. Are you avoiding soy?
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
@ danakscully64 It happens more than we know, I'm sure! I appreciated your comment on the soy post, as well. I had stopped eating the Gardenburgers, but now I'll go back to the "Original." Thanks for the heads up! :) :hug:
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Also, I recommend getting enough sleep, so the brain and body restore themselves.
Initkute Initkute 7 years
This study assumes that the rest of the participants' lifestyle is non cancer preventing/causing. I think that the report is true of the findings, but I think the study was flawed. I know they were trying to suggest that adding more produce would decrease the risk of cancer, but when we're talking about cancer, you MUST also discuss lifestyle. Like Holy Moly said, a diet rich in whole foods (non-processed foods) will decrease the risk of cancer. If someone is eating a highly acidic diet (animal proteins especially) cancer will grow. Once a person can balance their body pH with the help of increased consumption of fresh produce, then cancer will not be able to survive.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
littlemzfit - I would like to know as well. There was a study released recently saying that the UN's published findings about global warming were wrong about the meat industry. The study was funded by... the dairy industry. At least the UN isn't a biased source, I trust them over the latest study by one guy at UC Davis, paid off by the dairy farmers. There are so many politics involved with the meat and dairy industry, it's sad.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I'll keep eating my fruits and veggies anyway. There are so many other benefits to them, and I wasn't really eating them with cancer-fighting in mind anyway. Plus, they taste good!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
Who funded the study? hmmm? Curious minds want to know!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I can see why increased meat and dairy would up your rate of colorectal cancer...those foods will block you up like no one's business. And that means your stool is in your colon for a lot longer, plus the cell turnover rate of the colon would be slower because you aren't getting the "scrubbing" action of a higher fiber food. I still think that eating fruits and veggies can help you avoid cancer. All those antioxidants and phytochemicals are probably helping at least something in your body.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
and it's not like this study is saying that fruits and veggies are bad for you!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I completely agree, Chloe, and all of the research I've done over the last 5 years backs that up. I still consume some dairy, but it's minimal. Best decision I ever made was cutting animal protein from my diet, it's like night and day in terms of how I feel.
kcmosinki kcmosinki 7 years
chloe bella's right...that's one of the reasons I gave up meat and dairy altogether. With that said, fruits and veggies are still very good for you and in addition to what holy moly said and many other reasons they also help keep your blood sugar steady and help regulate your weight.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I don't think this is that surprising. There's already been research revealing a strong correlation between animal protein and cancer. In other words, as long as your consuming meat and dairy, it doesn't matter how many vegetables you eat.
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