A study conducted across western Europe has suggested that the link between eating a lot of fruit and vegetables and developing cancer is 'only modest'.
Conducted by students from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the research looked at over 400,000 people in a bid to ascertain the effects of diet on cancer rates.
However, what the study found appears to be contradictory to the World Health Organisation's recommendation that people should eat five helpings of fruit and vegetables a day to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
According to the results, eating more fruit and vegetables only results in an average reduced risk of cancer development of three per cent.
The study's authors concluded: "A very small inverse association between intake of total fruits and vegetables and cancer risk was observed in this study.
"Given the small magnitude of the observed associations, caution should be applied in their interpretation."