Fruits and vegetables are a key to good health in older men and women, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study. Their research shows the nutrients in fruits and vegetables helps preserve muscle mass in older adults. Researchers say that with aging increasing metabolic “acidosis” develops, triggering a muscle wasting response. Fruits and vegetables in the diet reduces “acidosis.” The study included nearly 400 male and female volunteers over age 65 for a three-year period.



According to an article recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, diets higher in vegetables and fruits and lower in foods common in Western diets can significantly reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer.

Researchers from Canada and the United States recently conducted a clinical study to further explore the potential relationship between dietary habits and development of gastric cancer. The study included 1,169 patients who had been diagnosed with gastric cancer and 2,332 people who did not have gastric cancer.

  • A Western diet, characterized by consumption of soft drinks, processed meats, refined grains, and sugars, was associated with a 86% increased risk of developing gastric cancer among women and a 44% increased risk among men.
  • Diets that included increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, and fish were associated with an approximately 60% decreased risk of developing gastric cancer among women and an approximately 54% decreased risk among men.

These results provide further evidence that dietary habits may significantly impact risk for developing various cancers.