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Sep 27, 2005

Eat lot of vegetables to prevent lung cancer

Eat lot of vegetables to prevent lung cancerMore evidence for the preventative role of vegetables and other food items in lung cancer! A study published in the recent issue of Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that eating foods such as broccoli, grains and soy products may protect against lung cancer.

People who were eating food rich with the above items - such as five fruits and vegetable servings a day - had a 46% lower risk of lung cancer compared to than those whose diets contained the lowest levels of these food items, according to the study. Researchers at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center led the study.

Several studies have shown that people in Asian countries, who eat more vegetables and soy than Americans do, generally have lower cancer rates, as per the researchers. The study was conducted by surveying more than 3,400 patients with detailed questions about what they ate in the past year. About half of those questioned had lung cancer.

The following food items may confer protection against lung cancer
  • Isoflavones: Soybeans and soy products such as tofu, chickpeas, red clover
  • Lignans: Rye grains, linseeds, carrots, tea, spinach, broccoli and other vegetables
  • Cumestrans: Beans, peas, clover, spinach and sprouts
  • Phytosterols: Vegetable oils, margarines, dark breads and certain fruits and vegetables

This study is not a conclusive proof that these food items reduce the risk of lung cancer says Margaret Spitz, the study's lead investigator and chair of the center's epidemiology department. Patients may not accurately remember what they ate or how much. Spitz says she feels comfortable recommending fruits and vegetables, however, because of other strong evidence that diets centered on plant foods protect against heart disease and cancer.

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