Eating 10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day may help to reduce the risk of cancer, research suggests.
-In a study, conducted by the Imperial College of London, the researchers analyzed close to 95 studies focused on the intake of fruits and vegetables daily.
-The meta-analysis study assessed about 2 million people of which 43,000 were those with heart problems, 47,000 were those with stroke, 81,000 were those with cardiovascular problems and 112,000 cancer cases. Of the total, about 94,000 patients died during the study.
-As per the research, about 7.8 million premature deaths could be prevented if people ate 10 portions (800g) of fruits and vegetables a day.
-The study also revealed that people who consumed about 200g of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet were at a decreased risk of heart diseases (16%), stroke(18%) and cardiovascular diseases (13%).
-The study suggested that one is recommended to consume fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, citrus fruits, salads, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower to keep cancers and other lifestyle diseases at bay.
-Findings were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Source: The International Journal of Epidemiology