Extra Fruits, Veggies Don't Stall Breast Cancer

Docs weigh focus on weight and exercise
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2007 7:33 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Loading up on fruits and vegetables doesn't stop breast cancer from returning, a 7-year study shows, causing researchers to mull switching focus to exercise and weight. The 3,000-woman study found no benefit to those who scarfed down extra servings of fruits and veggies—a relief to women who worry that they're not doing enough, says a study author.

The study divided women into two groups of survivors of early-stage breast cancer and assigned one to go heavy on fruits and vegetables and light on fat. Study participants were unable to to meet the requirement of getting no more than 15-20% of calories from fat, a regimen the lead researcher, who also undertook the challenge, calls "a tough diet."