Heavy Fruit Consumption May Decrease Cancer Risk

Serve up another helping of fruit salad, but go light on the beef tips.

A new study, looking at the link between diet and colorectal cancer, suggests the best prevention menu is found in the produce aisle.

There is a catch.

In produce aisles across the country, there are signs of change.

Produce Manager, Steven Carter says, "Summer fruit are just on the horizon, we are looking to see blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines.”

New research out of the University of North Carolina suggests sweet treats from nature may lower your risk of colorectal cancer.

The study found people whose diet is heavy on fruit and light on meat had about half the risk of developing precancerous polyps.

A high vegetable and moderate meat diet doubled the polyp risk, which surprised Dr Greg Austin.

Dr. Austin says, "So it could be that the increased meat consumption counteracted any protective effect that veggie consumption may have and on their risk for, having a colorectal adenoma.”

That does not mean get rid of vegetables all together.

He says more research is needed to clarify the diet-colon link.

Dr. Austin continued, "One I think eating more fruit is good. Reducing the amount of meat we eat is good and I would not stop eating veggies based on this study."

It is estimated more than 150,000 Americans will develop colorectal cancer this year.

Researchers say the fruit benefit held, even when risks like smoking, obesity, and alcohol consumption were added.

For more on the study, you can pick up this month's Journal Nutrition.

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