Some fruits, vegetables can cut cancer risk by 40 percent

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Piedmont cancer organization said new lab research shows some common fruits and vegetables can reduce cancer by up to 40 percent.

Julie Lanford, wellness director of Cancer Services, said it's possible by adding four cups of produce rich with phytochemcials and getting 30 minutes of exercise.

Phytochemicals are naturally found in all types of plant foods and include antioxidants and beta-carotene.

However, they're found in an area most people take off before eating--the skin.

Lanford recommended buying produce in different colors, as different phytochemicals have different colors.

Research also found vegetables help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes and also help promote good bone health.

For a complete list of foods rich in phytochemicals, go to cancerservicesonline.org. You can also go to cancerdietitian.com to get lifestyle tips for prevention and survivorship.

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