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Health Tip: Get Enough Fruits and Vegetables

You may help ward off cancer

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(HealthDay News) -- According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, 35 percent of cancer deaths in the United States can be attributed to diets that are high in fat and low in fruit, vegetables and fiber.

And people who eat adequate amounts of fruit and vegetables -- five to nine servings daily -- may cut their cancer risk in half compared to those who don't.

To increase your consumption, the Virginia Department of Health suggests you:

  • Eat fruit or drink 100 percent fruit juice for breakfast.
  • Have a fruit or vegetable snack every day.
  • Buy fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables.
  • Steam or microwave vegetables for dinner.


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