When we were kids, moms persisted on having vegetables. But, we disliked eating vegetables. But, as we grew up we realized vegetables have their own nourishing value and green vegetables add to our body strength. This theory has been given a boost by a recent research that says that eating vegetables keeps you safe from cancer.
It is strange to believe but it is true that diet plays a role in cancer. Cancer experts believe that up to two-thirds of all cancers come from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet and lack of exercise. Tobacco and alcohol use increase the risk of head and neck cancers, which affect the mouth, nose, sinuses and throat. The new study found eating six servings of fruit and vegetables per day per 1,000 calories reduced the risk of head and neck cancer by 29 percent compared to eating one and a half servings. Just one extra serving of fruit or vegetables a day may lessen the risk of developing head and neck cancer.
Another study of food consumption carried out on more than 183,000 residents of California and Hawaii found that a diet high in flavonols might help reduce pancreatic cancer risk to 23 percent, especially in smokers. Flavonols are common in plant-based foods but are found more profound in onions, apples, berries, kale and broccoli.
Going by mummy’s admonition to eat more vegetables in diet will certainly cut the risk of developing a deadly disease as cancer. Your mom’s advice might be the best health advice around. Health is wealth is all they say.