Fruits & Veggies Lower Non-Hodgkin's Risk

Reported today: Eating fruit and vegetables, especially green leaves and broccoli, helps reduce the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It's well known that fruit and vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancer. A study from the National Cancer Institute reveals an even more specific link. The researchers looked at the dietary intake of fruit and veg among a group of more than 450 men and women with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), comparing them with a group of healthy controls.

Those consuming three or more portions of vegetables a day had a 40 per cent lower risk of NHL compared to those eating less than one serving a day. The link was especially strong for those eating one or more servings a day of green leafy vegetables and one half or more servings a day of vegetables from the broccoli and cabbage family.

Lower risks were also found with higher intakes of whole fruits, yellow, orange or red vegetables, and processed tomato products, such as tomato sauce or juice. And higher intakes of selenium and zinc were linked to lower risk of NHL, although intake of vitamins A, C and E was not. Clearly, eating more fruits and vegetables - especially the green leafy kind, as well as broccoli and cabbage - may go quite some way to reducing the risk of cancer, including NHL.

The article didn't keep me from eating fried chicken tonight but may change my mind in the long run :)

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