(NBC) - For years we've been told eating a diet with lots of fruits and veggies can help protect against cancer, but a new study shows that may not be true.
Researchers found only a small association between a high intake of fruits and veggies and a reduced cancer risk. Vegetables were linked to a modest cancer benefit, but only for women.
Researchers said people who eat more fruits and vegetables tend to be more physically active and are less likely to smoke or drink heavily, all of which could contribute to a lower cancer risk.
There has been a proven link between fruits and veggies and a reduced risk for heart disease so this is not an excuse to drop the healthy food in your diet.