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| Post published on June 2, 2007
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Broccoli offers many health benefits and is a regular feature in Sourcing Science. A study now shows that cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, can protect against prostate cancer. A study of over 29,000 men (including 1,338 with prostate cancer) found that dark green and cruciferous vegetables protected against aggressive prostate cancer. A weekly serving of cauliflower was associated with 52 per cent lower risk and broccoli cut the risk by 45 per cent. Prostate cancer affects 32,000 men in the UK every year and it kills one man every hour. Experts agree the best way to reduce cancer risk is to eat a balanced diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Kirsh VA, Peters U, Mayne ST, Subar AF, Chatterjee N, Johnson CC, Hayes RB. 2007. Prospective study of fruit and vegetable intake and risk of prostate cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 99 (15) 1200-1209.


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These posts were written by Dr Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports. Click here for more info.

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