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Leanne Ely, CNC: Did you know that if you eat more fruits and vegetables, you are HALF as likely to develop cancer than those who eat lesser amounts of these foods?

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There are irrefutable facts to support this statement. It's not just pie-in-the-sky dreaming; it's a true promise: Eat more fruits and vegetables, and you'll increase your odds of living a cancer-free life! Is that not incredible?!  

I know I am constantly beating the fruit-and-vegetable drum to y'all. I can't help it, reading as much as I do. The amazing thing to me is that bazillions of dollars are spent on researching chronic diseases, yet for all the pills and treatments out there, nothing is as effective a preventative as simply eating more fruits and vegetables. Wouldn't it be incredible if we were to actually take seriously what we KNOW to be true, and actually EAT the amount of produce we should each and every day? How do you suppose we could effect change in those statistics?

Here's some scary stuff to ponder: 

  • More than 125 million people have some sort of chronic illness. 
  • About half of chronically ill Americans are under the age of 45, and 15 percent of that number are CHILDREN with chronic conditions! 
  • It is estimated that 300,000 to 800,000 of the preventable deaths that occur per year in the United States are nutrition-related. 
Did you see that? NUTRITION-RELATED DEATH! That means the junk you eat can literally kill you! It's time for a revolution, people! Are you ready for it? 

It's time to go GREEN -- green as in boosting your green-eating power to get the nutrition your body needs. Let me ask you something: If there were a direct correlation between good health and doing this ONE thing -- eating plenty of fruits and veggies each day -- why WOULDN'T we all eagerly be doing this? 

I am going to challenge each and every one of you to do what you can to get more green, more yellow, more orange and more red in your meals, each and every day.

Eat by color: Green for beans, broccoli, spinach, kiwis and lettuces; yellow for squash and bananas; orange for oranges and sweet potatoes; red for apples and peppers. Yes, we can do this! And the best way is by making veggie soups -- lots of them. 

Here's a wicked-good green soup that has double the green to make you healthy and lean! Enjoy.

Cream of Green Soup 
Makes about 8 cups

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 10-oz. bag frozen chopped broccoli
1 10-oz. bag frozen spinach
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups lowfat milk
1 teaspoon thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook onion.
When onion is translucent, add garlic and broccoli and chicken broth.
Cook till broccoli is tender (about three minutes).
Now add the spinach and thyme, salting and peppering to taste.
Cook till all is tender and good (about five more minutes).

You can blend this soup (that's what I do) and serve it hot with a half-tablespoon lowfat cheddar cheese on top. It's really good!

Nutritional Information (per serving): 123 Calories; 6g Fat; 8g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 5mg Cholesterol; 473mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Nonfat Milk; 1 Fat.

Leanne Ely is the New York Times bestselling author of "Body Clutter" and the "Saving Dinner" series. Her "Dinner Diva" syndicated column appears in 250 newspapers nationwide. Learn how to cook great and save significant money with the Dinner Diva's menus, recipes and shopping lists at

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CL November 6, 2010, 4:55 PM

Nutrition related death includes wasting conditions, such as HIV associated wasting, wasting from chemo, malnutrition due to loss of bowel from disease or injury, eating disorders, etc. I would guess a much smaller number are from actual junk eating.

And for some chronic diseases, fruits and veggies can be harmful, like crohns.

All that said, I totally agree with the rest!

peugeot good condition April 9, 2011, 2:33 PM

I cant say Im in complete accordance, thanks to whoever thought of it and for making the effort to come up with it

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