Need to eat more ve­g­ies

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

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.

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