Eating fruits and vegetables in childhood reduces the likelihood of cancer later

Although it has repeatedly proved the relationship between lifestyles and the occurrence of chronic diseases, every day is conducted new scientific studies that bring new insights into the connection between lifestyle and the occurrence of chronic diseases and the impact on health in general. So is making the scientific study about the consumption of fruits, vegetables and antioxidants in childhood and the impact of the occurrence of cancer in old age.

The study was based on participants from Boyd Orr research, made between 1937. and 1939. This study observed the 1352 working class family, from 16 rural and urban areas in England and Scotland. Observed how they feed the children in these families and in what kind of living conditions they are growing up.

From research it has been 60 years, and scientists have current information at that time observed children sought through the National Health Service (NHS). Also, through death certificates received information about the causes of death required for the study. The total is observed 3878 people, 456 people were excluded from the study, due to several reasons, lack of data, death before 1948, or emigrating. The objectives of the study were taken incidence and mortality of cancer of all types, the incidence and mortality of cancer related or unrelated to smoking and mortality from all causes.

The results of the study showed that the higher consumption of fruit in childhood is associated with a lower incidence of cancer in older age. Mortality from cancer, less is associated with the consumption of fruit in childhood, while the consumption of vegetables in childhood is not clearly associated with the appearance of cancer. The scientists emphasize that although this study demonstrated connection between the consumption of fruits with a lower incidence of cancer in old age, still needs to implement more targeted research on this topic.



[Maynard 2002] Maynard M, Gunnell D, Emmett P, Frankel S, Smith GD. Fruit, vegetables, and antioxidants in childhood and risk of adult cancer: the Boyd Orr cohort. J Epidemiol Community Health 2003;57:218–225

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