A new study has shown that eating fruits and vegetables as a child can decrease a woman’s chance of breast cancer.
Researchers in the United States have polled 90,000 nurses over the course of 20 years. These nurses kept track the foods in their diet when they were early adults, and over half also reported their typical diet from when they were adolescents.
From this information, the researchers discovered that the nurses who consumed 2.9 servings of fruit daily had a 25% reduced risk of breast cancer than those who only consumed .5 servings.
Bananas, apples, and grapes are all considered to be fruits that offered the most protection because they are high in fiber. They also have a high amount of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that mend damaged cells.
Additionally, the researchers also found that consuming kale and oranges in adulthood further decreases cancer risk because of their high Vitamin C content.
Drinking fruit juice was not found to have any impact.
The authors of the study believe this finding is significant because of the sole focus on young women, something the other studies lack.
One of the head researchers in the study, Maryam Farvid believes this news can change lives.
She tells Time, “This study underscores the importance of what a young girl eats for her future health. This study also has an important message for schools and the need to provide students with the opportunity to consume more fruits and vegetables as part of the school meal program.”
Farvid was not able to build a relationship between vegetable consumption and cancer as the study was focused mainly on fruits.
These findings highlight the importance of a healthy, well-balanced diet from a young age.