Discovered an Effective Way to Prevent Cancer
December 24, 2014 – it has been
proven in numerous studies that consumption of fruits and vegetables is one of the most effective ways to
prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. This recommendation is based on hundreds of epidemiological and
experimental studies that establish a relationship between higher consumption of these foods and a reduced
risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
Some scientific evidence
from 1997 to 2007
expert report published
in1997 by the World
and the American Institute for Cancer
convincing evidence that high consumption of fruits and vegetables leads to a reduced risk
of many cancers while high or regular intake of red meat and processed
meat considerably increases the risk for many types of cancer. The researchers advise each individual to “create meals that lower their
risk for cancer and other chronic diseases and manage their weight, at the same time.”
expert report published ten years later, in 2007, by the same organizations, WCRF
and AICR, the scientists have reassessed the evidence. In the second study, which is most comprehensive
and most rigorous ever - took
many precautions before assigning a
causal relationship. It is nevertheless considered that the
evidence was conclusive enough to be the basis for further recommendations.
The evidence supporting these recommendations,
as well as others, has been updated as
part of an ongoing
cancer prevention research by the
Project(CUP)- in order to provide comprehensive up-to-date
cancer research reports to the public.
The results were evaluated by a panel of independent experts who drew conclusions and made recommendations.
“Today, the field of research in cancer
prevention related to food, nutrition and physical activity is growing faster than ever. That’s why we
established the Continuous Update Project (CUP), now the world’s largest resource of scientific literature on
food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer”, stated one of the AICR
The recent findings of the independent expert
group on the 2007 report and UPC
have confirmed that increased consumption of fruits and
vegetables reduces the risk of these cancers:
• lung cancer
cancers of oral cavity, nasal
cavity, pharynx and larynx (head
and neck cancers).
It does not mean these cancers are diet related only - in fact alcohol, smoking and infections are their major risk
factors- the research only confirms the importance of a plant based diet in their prevention. In order words,
people at risk of these cancers can increase their chance to stay free of the disease by consuming lots of fruits
It is important to know
that scientists are still at the beginning of a major change in the perception of the
role of different nutrients and certain specific foods in the occurrence of
certain diseases, cancer in particular. As more and more
organizations are interested, more sophisticated tools are being developed to more
accurately establish fruit and
vegetable consumption levels and their various components.
What is amount of vegetables and fruits to eat daily?
People need to be careful
to not carelessly recommend fruits and vegetables to sick or fragile people. For instance,
Grapefruit juice can act as an enzyme
inhibitor, and thus interacts with certain
chemotherapy drugs. In addition to get full benefits, the
WCRF recommends "at least
five servings" a day of fruits and
vegetables. The scientists also call for
"eat mostly plant foods diet," valuing the impact of whole grains and
legumes and stressing that plant-based
foods are generally low in calories, while high in
useful contents (fiber, antioxidants...), which helps consumers to be healthy and
maintain a normal weight.
fruits and vegetables help prevent some types of cancer are conclusive
enough for any individual who care about his health to adopt a plant-based diet rich in
fruits and cruciferous vegetables. Many studies have shown that most people who follow the recommendations of
the WCRF / AICR reduce
not only their risk of developing cancer, but also many other chronic diseases. Consumption of
fruits and vegetables is a
key marker of a healthy lifestyle.
 (Par Giota Mitrou, Directeur du Financement de la Recherche,
WCRF International - Fiona Veira-McTiernan, Responsable du Programme Scientifique, WCRF International - Martin
Wisemanca, Conseiller Médico-Scientifique, WCRF International - EQUATION NUTRITION n°143, Juin 2014)
 WCRF/AICR. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the
Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. Washington DC: AICR, 2007
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