Tokyo: Regular consumption of sufficient amounts of vegetables and fruits rich in dietary fibre and vitamins reduces the risk of death by almost 10, according to a report of a group of Japanese specialists published on the website of the National Cancer Center of Japan.
Since the beginning of the 90s of the last century, they have observed about 95 thousand residents of 11 Japanese prefectures, including Tokyo. At the beginning of the study, they were between 40 and 60 years old. The main attention was paid to their diet and the number of vegetables and fruits consumed daily. As a result, all of them were divided into five groups depending on the volume of consumption of these products.
To date, about 24 thousand people out of 95 thousand have died. As a result, scientists were able to collect statistics and establish a link between food preferences and the risk of death. According to the results of the study, people from the two groups with high fruit consumption had an 8-9% lower risk of death than in the group with the lowest consumption. At the same time, as for deaths from heart disease, this figure was immediately 13% less. As for the consumption of vegetables, in people who regularly consume them in food, the risk of death was lower by 7-8%.
About the National Cancer Center of Japan
Established by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1962, the National Cancer Center (NCC) leads the nation’s cancer treatment, prevention, control programs, research, and education. Dr Hitoshi Nakagama, the President, leads a workforce of over 3900. The leadership participates and leads expert bodies appointed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in the fight against cancer. Expertise is shared with the medical profession globally, with a focus on Asia. In 2010, it was designated an incorporated administrative agency (autonomous public service body), and then a national research and development agency in 2015, respectively remaining under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Japanese fruit vegetable consumption Japanese fruit vegetable consumption