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I’m doing a speech about cancer prevention through diet changes. I’d like to provide my audience with reliable evidence that eating fruits and vegetables can prevent cancer, and explain why this is so. Would you happen to know where I could get such supporting information?

The best resource at this time is the most recent report from the World Cancer Research Fund, which was just published in the Fall. It is an comprehensive evidence based analysis of the current literature on diet and cancer, including fruits and vegetables. You can find the report at and it is entitled “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective” 2nd Expert Report.

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  1. A critical underpinning of a healthy diet is unquestionably the consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits. Unfortunately, many adults do not like these fine foods – so kids are the concern. Anyone interested in getting kids to develop a friendly attitude towards fruits and vegetables should take a look at a new book called ?The ABC?s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond.? Great for kids of all ages as it is two books in one ? children first learn their alphabet through produce poems and then go on to more mature activities. Out only six months it is already being used in educational programs. It is coauthored by best-selling food writer David Goldbeck and Jim Henson writer Steve Charney. You can learn more at

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