Health Watch - Fruits and Veggies: Superfruits

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about fruits and vegetables. Previously, we discussed some vegetables that aren’t necessarily nutritional powerhouses but that are still an important part of a healthy diet. But are there any superfoods – fruits that will protect you from illness?

Ads, labels and health food stores promote so-called superfruits like pomegranate, acai palm berries and wolfberries as surefire ways to ward off cancer. Dr. David Euhus, a cancer genetics expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says no clinical studies have proven that any particular foods prevent cancer. There are nutrients in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts that may have disease-fighting properties, but so far, clinical studies have been inconclusive. The best way to fight cancer with your diet is to eat less sugar, since high insulin levels have been linked to higher breast cancer risk.

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May 2011

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