Fruit, Fruit and More Fruit
be able to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease by doubling
their daily fruit consumption, according to a study published in
October 1999 issue of Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
"Eight out of
10 Americans are getting less than half of what they need to protect
them," explained study lead author Charlene Rainey, Nutrition Research
Group. "Fruits have a powerful effect in reducing the levels of
oxidative stress within cells — lowering risk of cancer and heart
disease — but children need two daily servings, women three and
men four to provide this protection."
Highlights from the study revealed:
- Men ages 15-50 eat about 1.4 servings of fruit a day (need four);
- Women ages 15-50 eat about 1.2 servings of fruit a day (need three);
- Children ages 7-10 eat about 1.6 servings of fruit a day (need two);
percent of Americans' fruit intake comes from only eight sources:
apples (including juice), bananas, oranges (including juice),
cantaloupe, watermelon and grapes;
eat the least amount of fruit between October and March (An additional
study from USC found deaths from heart attacks peak in December and
should know about the year-round availability of fruits that taste
great, especially during winter when the serving deficit is highest,"
said CFFA Vice President Curtis Granger.
health and prevention of diet-related disease is a numbers game. If you
aren't getting enough fruit, you aren't getting enough protection,"