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Bagging fruit.

by Denis Faye | April 9, 2010


As expected, my beef with beef on Wednesday generated some healthy debate in the comments Fitness Nerd section. And as I went back-and-forth with you cats, I claimed that this blog isn’t about espousing a specific dogma. It’s about asking questions, challenging notions and generally cracking wise.

With that in mind, I guess I need to put my money where my typing fingers are and tell y’all about this study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicating that fruit and veggies aren’t all that beneficial when it comes to battling the C word. From CNN:

Eating an additional 200 grams a day of fruits and vegetables (about two servings) resulted in only a 3 percent reduction of cancer risk, which was described as “very weak,” according to the study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“This doesn’t mean fruits and vegetables aren’t important,” said lead author Dr. Paolo Boffetta, the deputy director at the Tisch Cancer Institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “They aren’t the only factor. There is no one factor.”

The results fly in the face of previous studies indicating produce could cut cancer rates by 20% to 30%. So there you go. Here’s me, casting doubt on fruit. Happy?

All that said, fruit still provides a vast array of health benefits and I still love the stuff. Frankly, it’s provided me far more well-being and happiness over the years than any woman I’ve ever met (with the exception of my mom, of course). Yes, that may be a little sad, but it is what it is and I accept it. Maybe I was just born too late. Perhaps if I had been around in the 1940s, I would have dated Carmen Miranda and been very happy.

But I don’t know how Mother would have felt about that.

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