Every week I read another study that indicates that eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health. This study by the Mayo Clinic links a reduction of the incidence of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma with an increase in the consumption of orange/yellow and cruciferous vegetables. Prior studies have linked the consumption of tomato with a reduction in colon cancer. There have been other studies that link the consumption of mushrooms with a reduction in breast cancer.
Not surprisingly taking vitamins (in pill form) has not been linked to a reduction in cancer. When you realize that vitamins are typically artificial and do not include all the nutrients in fruits and vegetables it is easy to see why the pills don’t seem to result in better health.
If you haven’t taken a look at the USDA’s ORAC system for ranking foods it is quite interesting. The way the ORAC system works is that the higher the antioxidants the higher the score.
Bottom line for me, my family is going to continue to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible.