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Vegetables and fruit
Vegetables and fruit are:
- excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals
- high in fibre (to keep your digestive system healthy)
- low in fat and calories
They are also a natural “convenience food” – fruit such as bananas, apples and oranges comes in its own packaging and can be eaten on the go, as can most raw vegetables.
Vegetables, fruit and cancer
Research shows that vegetables and fruit may help protect against certain types of cancer, including head and neck, esophageal, stomach, lung and cervical cancers. A diet that includes a variety of vegetables and fruit instead of higher-fat, higher-calorie foods can help you get to and stay at a healthy weight. Research shows that maintaining a healthy body weight reduces your risk of developing cancer.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.