[MOL] TODAY'S NEWS - Fruits and Veggies [02887] Medicine On Line


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Fruits and Veggies Ward Off Cancer

A recent report suggests that millions of cancers worldwide could be prevented annually through the wide-scale adoption of diets high in fruits and vegetable and low in meat. Researchers at the MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition Center in Cambridge, UK, analyzed data from the UK-based Chief Medical Officer's Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and the World Cancer Research Fund to reach their conclusion. Authors say the evidence is overwhelmingly supportive of the presence of an increased risk of bowel, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers from high meat consumption and of a protective effect against most major cancer from high consumption of fruit and vegetables. The report further notes that most diet-related cancers are rare in developing nations where grain and vegetable- heavy diets are common. The report is in the British Medical Journal (1998;317:1636-1640).

MedBriefs (INC inc.) 12/18/98