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Diets High in Fruits and Veggies Could Cut Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Posted by Tara Burner 0 comments

Posted on December 29, 2005 at

As we enter the New Year and ponder resolutions for 2006, why not
consider adding eating more fruits and veggies to the list? The USDA
Dietary Guidelines recommend that those who consume about 2,000
calories a day, include two and half cups of vegetables and two and
half cups of fruits a day to maintain a healthy body. But that’s not
the only reason to eat your veggies.

A recent study by at the University of California found that eating
at least five portions a day of certain fruit and vegetables could
cut the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 50 percent. According
to the American Cancer Society, approximately 32,000 Americans will
be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. And because pancreatic
cancer is often found in late stages, the survival rate is low.

But the good news is that after comparing the diets of 2,200 people,
researchers report that five servings of fruits and vegetables could
provide profound protection against this disease. According to the
study, citrus fruits, onions, garlic, beans, carrots, corn, and dark
leafy vegetables are among the foods that may offer the most
protection. In addition, raw foods were found to be more protective
than cooked ones.

Although pancreatic cancer is not among the most common type of
cancer, it is one of the most difficult to treat. The risk is higher
for smokers. One in three patients with pancreatic cancer are
smokers. Just one more good reason to consume nutritious fruits and
veggies.and one more good reason not to smoke!

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