Older Americans would rather pop vitamin
pills to prevent cancer than eat a healthy diet, researchers said on
Thursday in a report they said they found worrying. While eating plenty
of fresh fruits and vegetables has been shown in hundreds of studies to
prevent cancer, there is no strong evidence showing that taking vitamins
does, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) said.
fact that so many Americans, especially older Americans, are
seeking cancer protection in pills and powders is alarming,''
Melanie Polk, a registered nurse who directs nutrition education
at AICR, told a news conference. ``We know that fruits and vegetables
are very preventive.''
AICR said polls had shown that 39 percent
of Americans say they have changed their diets to help reduce
their risk of cancer, but 43 percent say they are taking daily
multivitamins to reduce their risk and 21 percent are taking
other pills, such as herbs or single supplements, with this aim.
Thanks to Reuters Health
J Nutr, 7/04
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