About The Buzz: Eating Fruit Reduces The Risk Of Gastric (stomach) Cancer?

TheBUZZ Eating fruit reduces the risk of gastric (stomach) cancer?


Consuming fruit has a significant effect on reducing the risk of developing gastric (stomach) cancer.


Gastric or stomach cancer affects nearly 22,000 Americans each year. Worldwide, gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. However, research has shown that certain lifestyle choices involving diet, physical activity, and smoking may reduce the chance of developing this type of cancer.1 New research is shedding light on the connection between fruit consumption and a reduced risk of gastric cancer.


A new article published in the European Journal of Cancer suggests that there is a strong, inverse association between fruit consumption and gastric cancer. These findings are based on work done by a team of researchers who analyzed the findings of 24 studies covering 2.4 million participants, with a median follow-up of 10 years. Their findings show that consuming fruit has a significant effect on reducing the risk of developing gastric cancer.2


It is widely accepted that antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables boost the body’s immune system and contain cancer-fighting properties that help keep this disease at bay.

5 Ways to Fight Cancer with Fruit

  1. Think outside the box when it comes to eating fruit. Fruit is not just for breakfast or dessert anymore! It’s a healthy choice for any meal, snack, or eating occasion. Check out these recipes and meal ideas …

  2. Eat all forms of fruit. It’s a misconception that fruit has to be raw to be healthy. Cooked, dried, canned, frozen, and 100% juice forms of fruits and vegetables are equally nutritious as fresh. All Forms Matter
  3. Keep all forms on hand for greater variety, cost-savings, and convenience. The Well-Stocked Pantry
  4. To boost daily intake, fill half your plate with fruit. Also, keep fruit front and center as a healthy eating choice. At home, have grapes, bananas, and other cut-up fruit on hand for quick and easy snacking. When eating out, look to restaurant options that feature fruit. You’ll find more menu items that include fruit than ever before. HealthyDiningFinder.com
  5. Expand your fruit repertoire. Check out our Fruit & Veggie Database to learn more about new fruits you can try. This nutrition database provides selection, storage, and prep information on a wide variety of fruits.

Don’t forget about veggies! A diet rich in both fruits and vegetables is the best choice for healthy living and crucial to disease prevention, including many different forms of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society’s Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention, antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables protect against tissue damage which is associated with an increased risk of cancer.

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1 Cancer.gov. Accessed April 9, 2014. View Article

2 Wang Q, et.al., “Consumption of fruit, but not vegetables, may reduce risk of gastric cancer: Results from a meta-analysis of cohort duties.” Eur J Cancer, (2014). Accessed April 8, 2014. View Article

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