Another Reason to Encourage Your Girls to Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital July 10, 2014

Researchers have found yet another reason for girls to eat their fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are an important component of a healthy, well-balanced diet, and, now, Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers have found yet another benefit for young girls.

A recent study, led by Caroline Boeke, a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health, found that girls who ate the most fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids (a particular type of phytonutrient) were less likely to get benign (non-cancerous) breast diseases, some of which raise the risk for cancer.

Carotenoids, the pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors, are believed to have antioxidant properties that protect our bodies from disease by absorbing substances called free radicals that can harm our cells.

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Fruits and Veggies – Are You Getting Enough?

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital March 6, 2014

Recent research suggests that eating more than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day would be worth your while.

It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are good for you. But are you eating enough of them?

Fruits and vegetables contain a unique combination of nutrients and healthy compounds, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Diets rich in these plant-based foods are associated with a reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and macular degeneration; increased energy and stamina; and a bevy of other health benefits. Five servings of fruits and vegetables per day is a good start, but recent research suggests that adding a few more servings would be worth your while.

What’s the Evidence?

Below is just a sampling of recent research that supports the recommendation of eating more fruits and vegetables.

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