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Fruit and vegetable intake and overall cancer risk

Author : Pierre Allain Date : 2010-4-30

It is generally accepted that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables tends to reduce the incidence of cancer.

The JNCI, April issue 2010, reported the results of a large  European epidemiological study called EPIC, involving nearly 500 000 people followed for nearly 10 years in which were measured the fruit and vegetable intake and the overall cancer incidence (all types). The study concluded that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduces only marginally the risk of cancer.

We can therefore consider, in agreement with the editorial accompanying this article that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables does not change the risk of cancer, but, as shown elsewhere, it significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular events.

NB: the Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables has a beneficial effect on the risk of cardiovascular events.


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