An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That is what the old saying said. Now we find out that indeed, that is not totally true to form. I guess the best thing to apply here would be: Anything in excess could be bad, but everything serves a purpose. Whereas fruits may not totally protect against cancer, they may help in other aspects of our daily living. Let us not simply write them off, because of only reading the main headlines. When you look at that apple, remember, the sweeter part is on the inside. Not the shell, so take a bite.
ScienceDaily (2010-12-13) — There is no convincing evidence that eating more fruit and vegetables can reduce chances of developing cancer, although they are important for maintaining a healthy diet, according to a new study that looked at a decade of research in this area.
That’s the conclusion of a review by an Oxford University scientist that looked at a decade of evidence on the links between fruit and vegetables and the development of cancer.
The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, found that the only diet-related factors that definitely affect cancer risk are obesity and alcohol. Tobacco is still the single biggest cause of cancer.
Professor Tim Key of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University says that while there are undoubted benefits in eating fruit and vegetables, there is little hard evidence that they protect against cancer. But the evidence is indisputable that cancer is strongly linked to being overweight or obese and drinking more alcohol than the recommended daily limits.