Including large amounts of white vegetables such as potatoes, onions and cauliflower in diet may reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer, new research has claimed.
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Scientists at Zhejiang University in China found that people who ate large amounts of white vegetables were a third less likely to develop the cancer than those who largely avoided them, The Telegraph reported.
Fruits and green-yellow vegetables such as cabbage, kale and celery also seemed to have a protective effect. Vitamin C is thought to be the key nutrient, which acts as an antioxidant to cut down cellular stress in the stomach as well as fighting a bacterium responsible for causing gastric cancer.
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They found that for every 100g of fruit a person ate each day – roughly equivalent to half an apple – there was 5 per cent reduced risk of stomach cancer. Having 50mg of vitamin C daily, approximately two potatoes’ worth, brought the risk down by 8 per cent. Every five grams or teaspoon of salt consumed each day drove the risk up by 12 per cent.-APP