Earth shattering news – veggies and fruits won’t stop the big C.
A 9 year study of over 400,000 men and women showed a very weak link between fruit and vegetable consumption and the risk of contracting cancer. The study was published earlier this week, and is sure to have a ripple effect in the media.
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, where the study was published, includes an editorial by Walter Willett, a professor from the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. His good news:
1. The study did show 50% better heart health for those who consumed 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables vs. those who consumed less than 1.5. That in itself is reason enough to keep munching on celery sticks.
2. The study was very general and looked at all cancers, all fruit, all vegetables. Perhaps certain fruit are particularly suited to prevent a specific cancer.
Some additional thoughts that come to mind:
1. Is 9 years a long enough time period for cancer detection? What would the results have shown had the study been over a period of 20-30 years?
2. No mention of what else the study’s subjects ate. Excess junk food and highly processed products full of chemical additives?
3. Could the pesticides and herbicides sprayed on produce be leveling out the cancer playing field? If you don’t get cancer from junk food, those strawberries and peaches heavily doused with chemicals will do it.
What to do at the supermarket:
Don’t you skip the produce aisle just yet…