A new review declares that eating more fruit and vegetables doesn't reduce a person's chances of developing cancer.
Say that again.
Yes, the study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, found that the only diet-related factors that affect cancer risk are obesity and alcohol. (The top factor for cancer risk, by the way, is tobacco.)
I can buy that certain nutrients in fruits and vegetables may not be proven to prevent cancer. But I also tend to look at the bigger picture of the benefits of these foods.
If obesity is indeed a diet-related factor, and if most experts, including the Centers for Disease Control, contend that substituting fruits and vegetables for higher-calorie foods can be part of a successful weight-loss strategy, doesn't it make sense that fruits and veggies are likely to protect against cancer—that is, at least in as much as they contribute to healthy weight management?
Maybe the micro-analysis so common in Western research studies provides too narrow a scope when a broader look at the issue is more logical. I'm just sayin'.