Extra Veg Won't Stop Cancer

At most, fruits and vegetables cause 2% reduction in disease
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2010 6:30 PM CDT
Extra Veg Won't Stop Cancer
Buyers are seen at a vegetable market in Calcutta, India, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. The budget session of the Indian Parliament was disrupted for the second day on Wednesday, on the issue of price rise. The Indian government is set to release its new budget Friday.   (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Eating your fruits and veggies has many health benefits, but a dramatic reduction in the likelihood of cancer isn't one of them, a new study finds. The results dispute claims made by nutrition authorities that increased vegetable intake could slash cancer rates by 50%. In fact, Mount Sinai researchers found that an extra two portions of fruit and vegetables would, in the best case, prevent 2.6% of cancers in men and 2.3% of cases in women.

The message seems to be that eating fruits and veggies are just a small piece of what one scientist called "a much larger lifestyle puzzle" to prevent cancer, the BBC reports. Others said that such a reduction in cancer should not be dismissed if it is as easy as eating more vegetables. "For the UK, this works out as about 7,000 cases a year, which is a significant number," a scientist with the World Cancer Research Fund argues.
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