A new study with a nine year follow up has shown that those smokers who have the greatest variety of fruit and vegetables in their diet cut their risk of lung cancer by 23%.
Each type of fruit and vegetable that the smokers consumed was seen to cut their risk of getting lung cancer by as much as 4%.
Previous studies have also examined the beneficial impact that fruit and vegetables have on cancer risk.
However, this study was able to demonstrate that it is the variety of fruit and vegetables consumed that is very important in cancer prevention. So variety as opposed to mere quantity of fruit and vegetable was seen to be of key importance here.
Scientists have been unable to fully understand what are the compounds and nutrients obtained from food or exactly how they help to cut cancer risk. For this reason, it is important to get as many different kinds of fruits and vegetables should be eaten to get the maximum cancer fighting agents.
In particular, this variety is useful for lowering squamous cell carcinoma, which accounts for 90% of cancers of the head and neck, which are by tobacco or alcohol.