Study: Fruit & Veggies DON’T Prevent Cancer

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…

Get Fooducated

  • http://smallstepstohealth.com asithi

    What about where the people lived? Depending on the amount of contaminants in their water supply, these people could have developed cancer whether or not they eat fruits. In a few years, someone will proof that study wrong.

  • http://www.consumethisfirst.com cat delett

    This phrase is key: “No mention of what else the study’s subjects ate. Excess junk food and highly processed products full of chemical additives?”

    No one should expect that just adding some fruit and veggies to their diet will magically prevent cancer — or do anything else for that matter — if they are eating those fruit and veggies along side fast food, junk food, processed food, or other crappy food choices.

    There is no easy way. Being healthy is a whole lifestyle of making good food choices and being active. Not just adding an apple a day.

  • Brandon

    How much and what kinds of fruits and vegetables did they eat? Was a banana and a salad a day counted as eating fruits and vegetables?

    The study is meaningless and a complete waste of time. Of course, fruits and vegetables have anti-oxidative powers and anti-cancer properties. No matter what is reported in junk science journals or all over the news.

  • Ted

    Really? The author might extend their research. AKA read Campbell’s “China Study,” or Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live,” or Cousin’s “Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine.” Not to mention the myriad research papers these authors build their work from. While there are certainly environmental factors and even genetic propensities in some family lines that influence the incidence of cancer, consumption of large amounts of organic produce, in particular green, leafy, vegetables, HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO PREVENT COMMON CANCERS. Comments like the title of this article are dangerous, idiotic, and irresponsible.