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“Fruit and Vegetables – What Is The Truth”

Since 1989, the National Research Council Dietand Health report supported consumption of 5 fruit and vegetableservings per day and the 1991 National Cancer Institute–DHHS also supported the 5-A-Day Program.  However, in 2010, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported fruits and vegetables do not dramatically lower the risk of common diseases, including cancer.  Still, 5-A-Day consumption of fruit and veggies has remained a centerpiece or our diet.  The portion sizes are 80g (3oz) each.  But, others say that around 2.5% of cancers could be averted by increasing fruit and vegetable intake.  Yet, only about 30% of the population follows the 5-A-Day recommendations.  Professor Walter Willet of Harvard University said the research strongly confirmed the findings of other studies, showing “that any association of intake and fruits and vegetables with risk of cancer is weak at best.”

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