Fruits and Vegetables Can Cut Cancer Risk

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Eating enough fruit and veggies can lower your risk of dying from cancer, heart disease and stroke, but how much produce does it take?

A new study suggests people who eat seven servings of fruit and veggies a day cut their risk of dying from those factors by 42 percent; however, some say seven servings isn't realistic for them.

"I feel good about fitting two in during the day, I think I've done my body some justice at that," said C.B. Bellerose.

Getting your proper fill of fruits and vegetables might not be as difficult or as daunting as you think.

One dietitian said the key is to understand serving sizes. The size of a baseball is roughly going to be the size of a piece of fruit, such as an apple. When you're talking about an orange or a banana, that really could be two servings. As far as blueberries and grapes go, the size of a light bulb is going to be about half a cup or a serving of those.

"I'm not even like a scientist or anything like that, but ever since you're a kid, your mom's always like, 'eat your vegetables and fruits' and stuff like that. And it definitely is an essential part of your diet," said Kendra Wright, who works at Cranberry's Grocery and Eatery.

She makes smoothies and said it's a good way to mix it up getting your nutrients without chomping on raw veggies all the time.

"It makes it easy and delicious," said Wright. While a healthy diet may take more than an apple a day, but that's a pretty good place to start.

According to the study, when it comes to getting your seven servings you're better off eating more vegetables than fruits.


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