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The great vegetable debate

You may have read about a recent study debunking the health benefits of vegetables to stave off cancer.

You may have read about a recent study debunking the health benefits of vegetables to stave off cancer. It flies in the face of advice you’ve always heard that eating your veggies helps prevent cancer. Confused?


The study was scientifically very sound, as it analyzed the eating habits of more than 400,000 adults over almost nine years.


It was published in the prestigious Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It concluded that eating an extra two servings of vegetables a day only has a tiny effect on whether people develop cancer. This turns conventional thinking — and long-time advice from the World Health Organization — on its ear.


But before you dump the contents of your crisper into the compost, be aware that eating lots of vegetables and fruit really does have benefits in terms of reducing risk of heart disease.
The science on this is quite strong.


Another thing to keep in mind is, if you are filling up on veggies, you’ll eat less junk.
The study didn’t answer the question: What about children?


If they eat more vegetables and fruit, will they lower their chances of getting cancer as adults?

 
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