Fruits and vegetables are naturally rich in healthy nutrients, contain gut-healthy fibre, are low in energy (kilojoules/calories), and are virtually free from less desirable nutrients from processed foods with excessive sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar. Fruit and vegetable lovers are less likely to smoke, be overweight, drink less alcohol, and are more active, according to research. Each of these factors play a role in cancer risk.
60 g: The average amount of sugar that South Africans eat daily. This works out to a whopping 12 teaspoons per day! It is scary to think that sugar is one of the top three most commonly eaten foods in a South African’s diet, alongside sugar-packed foods like cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolates and cooldrinks.
What if there was a way to delay and possibly even prevent the onset of various cancers? Enter antioxidants: the superheroes in the world of nutrition. Found in diets rich in colourful fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, and seeds, among other healthy foods, antioxidants are invaluable in the nutrition fight against cancer.