Do We Need 5 A Day? A Fresh Look at Fruit and Veg

More than 5 a day hereOnce again popular media is causing confusion. The latest news is that eating 5 pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables a day does not reduce the chances of developing cancer.

This is all very well, however, such announcements will lead some people to assume that they only reason to eat fruit and vegetables in the first place is to try to reduce the chances of developing cancer.


Also, the announcement that eating extra fruit and veg does not help to reduce cancer seems to be a false one, as the same experts say that “only around 2.5% of cancers could be averted by increasing intake”. Preventing 2.5% of cancers by eating a few pieces of fruit and some vegetables seems a pretty good option really.

It is now 20 years since the WHO (World Health Organization) made the suggestion that we should all strive to eat 5 pieces of fresh fruit or vegetables a day to ward of cancer and other chronic disease. However, the recent research carried out by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York, has been unable to prove this theory, leading many people to think that the initial figures were just made up.

The research did make one thing clear though. The key to cutting the risk of cancer is in reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking.

Which Foods Do Fight Cancer?

There is compelling evidence that the following foods do help to prevent cancer:

  • Tomatoes help to prevent prostate cancer.
  • Broccoli helps prevent bowel cancer
  • Yams help prevent breast cancer

Research also shows that losing weight and staying active is an excellent way to ward off cancer. Obesity is a huge problem now, and eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is a good way to help manage your weight.

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