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Fruits & Vegetables for Prevention  

Can eating fruits and vegetables help prevent breast cancer?

Yes, eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help prevent breast cancer. People whose diets are abundant in fruits and vegetables have lower risk of cancer, including breast cancer. Fruits and vegetables contain many nutrients and phytochemicals (plant chemicals).

On the other hand, use of supplements containing substances isolated from fruits and vegetables in the absence of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables appears to provide less protection.

Therefore, eat a diet rich in whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. Ideally, select fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. However, fresh, conventionally-grown vegetables are healthier for you than are older, wilted, organic vegetables. Choose a variety of colors of produce to get the most benefit

Each day, consume at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables during meals and snacks, such as the following:

An orange with breakfast
An apple for a mid-morning snack
A tossed salad and mixed fruit for or with lunch
Raw vegetables for an afternoon snack
Two types of vegetables with supper
A banana for a late-night snack



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