New Peer Reviewed Paper Reinforces Importance of Including Fruits and Veggies in Holiday Meal Plans

12/11/2012 10:49 AM

 

Just in time for holiday meal planning, the new paper concerning produce consumption and cancer prevention is now in print in the peer reviewed journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.  That study concluded that an estimated 20,000 cancer cases could be prevented if half of all Americans increased their consumption of fruits and veggies by a single serving.  So while you are busy studying recipes and planning meals, it may be wise to add one more vegetable to the dinner menu or a fruit plate with your holiday breakfast. 

It should be noted that the paper also examined  potential cancer risk from pesticide residues and concluded, “the overwhelming difference between benefit and risk estimates provides confidence that consumers should not be concerned about cancer risks from consuming conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables.” 

This paper serves as another important reminder to consumers that choosing either conventional or organic produce is a safe and healthy choice for families.  And, that eating even a little bit more produce each day can improve your health.

So enjoy all the wonderful holiday foods this season, but remember to put a few more fruits and veggies on your plate.

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