Here is yet another example of why your mother was doing the right thing when she told you to eat your veggies. A new, substantial study out of Sweden reports that the incidence of stomach cancer in those men and women who consumed three or more servings a week of root vegetables and green leafy vegetables was up to 57% lower!
Â Stomach cancer (which is also referred to as gastric cancer) is a prevalent cancer worldwide, accounting for approximately 800,000 new cancer diagnoses every year. Stomach cancer risk is higher for men and especially for men who drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A diet high in salty and picked foods is also believed to increase the stomach cancer risk.
Â The researchers followed over 45,000 men and over 35,000 women for a period of seven years. The people who ate three or more servings per week of green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) finished the study with a 46% lower risk of stomach cancer. Root-vegetable eaters reduced their risk of gastric cancer by 57%.
Â General vegetable consumption in the range of 2.5 servings per day accounted for a 44% lower stomach cancer risk. However, persons who preferred to eat fruit instead of vegetables did not garner any significant benefits.
Â Adding vegetables to your diet doesn’t have to be difficult. To add more root vegetables to your weekly routine to help reduce your risk of gastric cancer, try grabbing a handful of baby carrots or radishes for a snack. Or, the next time you’re craving French fries on your way past the drive-thru fast-food joint, just toss some strips of sweet potato in the oven and bake them up instead.
Â And, with the seasons changing, now’s the perfect time of year to enjoy roasted root vegetables. Try roasting a medley of turnip, beets, carrots, and other vegetables, and adding them to a salad for a seasonal treat. Or, you can whip them up in a blender with some broth for a creamy vegetable soup.
Â With what seems like a new study coming out every day touting the advantages of a diet high in fruits and vegetables, there’s really no excuse for not eating at least a few servings of each daily.