In a recent study involving data collected from over 450,000 patients, fruit and vegetable intake was determined to be protective against colon and colorectal cancer.
According to the results of this study, the subjects who had the highest fruit and vegetable intake were 24% less likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer and 16% less likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
We’ve discussed the link between fruit and vegetable intake and cancer in our radio program on numerous occassions, this study seems to confirm our findings and the findings of numerous studies to date.
The data is nearly indisputable that fruit and vegetable intake is extremely important in the prevention of cancer. The question that we have yet to answer is just how much is enough to provide optimal benefits. For a recommendation, who better to turn to than the inventor of the colonoscopy…
A book called “The Enzyme Factor”, written by Dr. Shinya – the father of the colonoscopy – hypothesizes that raw foods contain a “mother enzyme” that is responsible for health and vitality of our cells.
Having performed thousands of colonoscopies he found that he could determine the relative health of the person simply by seeing the health of the patient’s colon. He then determined that the health of the colon was almost entirely related to the amount of fruits, vegetables and live food in the diet.
In a nut shell, EAT TONS OF RAW HEALTHY FOODS! In fact, Dr. Shinya believes that at least 80% of the diet should come from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. I have a tendency to concur.
- Am J Clin Nutr, 2009; 89(5): 1441-52.