According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the world's leading cause of death. As such, it isn't surprising that there are innumerable "miracle treatments" that claim to reduce the risk of cancer. Lifestyle changes, supplements, you name it--chances are, someone claims that it reduces cancer susceptibility. But which ones can you trust? Don't be too quick to commit the bandwagon fallacy!
Recently, I stumbled upon a review paper that surprised me.
Their miracle treatment? Vegetables. Apparently, eating more vegetables may reduce the risk for certain types of cancer. Vegetables contain substances that may have the ability to block the beginning of cancer progression. For example, some veggie-based chemicals increase the activity of enzymes that detoxify harmful cancer-causing compounds in the body.
However, not all people believe that eating more vegetables help us fight cancer. The authors of two other articles believe that--for studies showing that veggies reduce cancer risk by a few percent--these health benefits are purely caused by chance. They say that fruits and veggies help to prevent cardiovascular disease, but not necessarily cancer.
First, I see much more empirical data behind the first review article compared to the following two articles in the newspapers. Second, the main claims of the argument against vegetables aren't refutable, either. What do you think? Regardless of whether or not vegetables will reduce my risk of cancer--I'm going to keep eating them no matter what! I think we can all agree that vegetables are good for us. At least, that's what my mom always told me! And mother is always right...right?