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Variety is the spice of life
TURNS out mom was right - at least when it comes to eating vegetables.

According to recent study findings, eating a variety of vegetables may lower the risk of developing colorectal cancer. A diverse diet overall also appeared to lower cancer risk, researchers report.

"The findings add support to the dietary guidelines recommending a more varied diet," according to Dr. Esteve Fernandez of the Institute Universitari de Salut Publica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues.

Colon cancer appears to be one of the most diet- related cancers, the authors note in the July issue of preventive Medicine. To investigate this association, the research team reviewed dietary data from a four - year study In Italy that included more than 1,200 people with colon and rectal cancer.

Patients-' food intakes were compared with the diets of more than 4,000 people, without cancer. Overall, a diverse diet appeared to lower the risk of developing colon cancer by 35 per cent in men and by 15 per cent in women regardless of exercise, body mass index, family history of colorectal cancer, or alcohol consumption.

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