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Eat carrots 3 times a week?

Paul Edwards

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"Adding carrots to three meals a week could protect against prostate cancer".


In the last few days the media has enthusiastically reported about a study by Chinese scientists which has just been published in the European Journal of Nutrition.


The team from Zhejiang University analysed 10 small studies into carrots and cancer prevention. They concluded that "carrot intake might be inversely associated with prostate cancer risk. Because of the limited number of cohort studies ...in this meta-analysis, further well-designed prospective studies are warranted."


Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Prostate Cancer UK said a healthy diet is crucial to preventing the disease but there is no strong evidence that eating carrots instead of something else provides added benefit.


'While there are general health benefits associated with eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables, there is nothing to suggest that one particular vegetable is better than any other.”

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