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Lack of fruit and veg could increase cancer risk in children

Published on 10/05/2010
Children who fail to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day have an increased chance of developing cancer, it has been claimed.

Following a recent Health Survey for England (HSE) study that revealed only one in five youngsters are getting the recommended 'five-a-day', the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has warned a diet lacking in these foods could have a serious impact on their long-term health.

According to Nathalie Winn, a nutritionist for the charity, research has shown that fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and pulses reduce the risk of a number of cancers.

"As well as containing a variety of vitamins and minerals, which help to keep the body healthy and strengthen our immune system, they [fruit and vegetables] are also a good source of phytochemicals," she said.

"These are biologically active compounds that may help to protect cells in the body from damage that can lead to cancer."

According to the HSE report, boys aged five to 15 eat an average of 3.1 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, while girls of the same age consume 3.3 portions.

The WCRF's comments come ahead of its annual Fruity Friday campaign, which aims to promote the benefits of healthy eating, due to be held on May 14th.
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