Need to eat more vegies
RESEARCH has revealed, for the first time, how many cancers in Australia are caused by an insufficient fruit and vegetable intake.
A study led by researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute revealed that out of all cancers, 1.7 per cent are directly attributable to inadequate consumption of fruit and non-starchy vegetables – or 1800 cases of cancer in Australia per year.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan said the findings were of great concern, particularly as Queenslanders fail to include enough fruit and vegetables in their diets.
“We have known for a while the link between poor health and poor nutrition, and now we are able to determine exactly how many cancers are caused by an inadequate amount of fruit and vegies,” Ms McMillan said.
“The recommend daily intake is two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables, and currently only 57 per cent of adults in Queensland are eating enough fruit.”
For more information, visit the website www.cancerqld.org.au.