Something everybody can enjoy this time of year is summer fruits. In time for this bounty of flavor, the European Journal of Cancer has reported that eating fruit reduces the risk of developing stomach cancer.
The journal authors analyzed 24 separate studies (called a meta-analysis) that included a total of 2.4 million participants for about 10 years. They found that the consumption of fruit had a “significant protective effect” on stomach cancer risk. Furthermore, all fruit has this benefit-not just summer fruits. So once the days start getting shorter again, take advantage of what's in season during the autumn and winter, like apples, pears, oranges and grapefruit.
Shop for Summer Fruits
We've just begun the peak season for:
- berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries);
- melons like cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon;
- apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums (known collectively as stone fruits for their large pit); and
- cherries, figs and red grapes.
Take advantage of these abundant crops in the coming months, when their flavor is best and prices are at their lowest. For the best value, buy fresh produce in its simplest form. Summer fruits that are pre-cut, pre-washed or ready-to-eat may be convenient, but cost much more than when purchased in their basic forms.