A recent article by the CBC about the health benefits of eating cucumbers and onions suggests that some of us may not want to eat them.
A recent study by the University of Ottawa found that people in Canada who eat fewer than 1,000 milligrams of zinc per day, or one teaspoon of onion per day are at a greater risk of developing zinc deficiency.
In addition, there’s a potential risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
“It’s possible that consuming more than one teaspoon [of onion] per day may be associated with a decreased risk of zinc deficiency and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer,” says Professor Andrew Gollan, a professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the University Health Network.
Gollan says that it’s important to remember that the health of a person depends on their overall diet, and that people who are more active need more than just vegetables.
It’s important for people to get enough vitamin B12 and vitamin D, but there’s little evidence that people on low-vitamin diets are more likely to develop chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes.
But not all vegetables are created equal, according to Gollam.
One of the things that’s particularly bad about eating a lot of processed food is that it may cause an imbalance between the zinc in the plant and the zinc found in the food itself, he says.
There’s also been some research showing that vegetables can be a good source of vitamins B12, D, K and folate, but Gollar says that’s largely anecdotal and that’s not conclusive evidence.
What’s more, some research has shown that the consumption of green vegetables may actually increase the risk of getting cancer, he adds.
The research on which the CBC article is based, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer Prevention, looked at more than 15,000 people and found that participants who ate a diet high in red and processed vegetables, and low in other vegetables, had a higher risk of dying from cancer.
Among those who were consuming more vegetables, the risk was 30 per cent higher than those who ate less.
Those who consumed less vegetables had a 33 per cent increased risk.
However, those who drank more than two glasses of red wine per week had a 57 per cent increase in the risk.
That study was done in Sweden, where red wine consumption is very high and the risk is high.
While consuming vegetables and fruit may help prevent diseases, the benefits are outweighed by the health risks, according a new study published in The Lancet.
Researchers found that eating lots of fruits and vegetables increases your risk of type 2 diabetic and heart disease, and may also increase the likelihood of developing cancer.
The authors of the study said the research was based on data from nearly 15,800 people in Sweden.
In fact, the study found that consuming an average of about 10 grams of fruit and vegetables per day for two years was associated with an increased incidence of type 1 diabetes, but also an increased cancer risk.
“There are other risk factors that can also increase your risk,” says Dr. Kristian Bergqvist, the lead author of the new study.
For example, consuming an extra 100 milligram of calcium daily, a calcium supplement that’s recommended to be consumed by women, increased the risk for developing type 2 diabetics by about 30 per one thousand people, he added.
And, consuming a lot more red and red wine could also increase risk for heart disease.
Other studies have also found that high intakes of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and lower amounts of red meat and dairy products, are associated with lower cancer rates, according the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Bergqvists team, which included a researcher from the University College London, found that a higher consumption of red and orange vegetables and a low consumption of potatoes and whole wheat products were associated with significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
He also found a significant inverse relationship between vitamin D and risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Gollain agrees that it is important to keep an eye on your health and the diet you’re following, but says it’s more important to eat more fruits and veggies, and fewer processed foods.
He recommends trying to find ways to eat healthily, and avoiding foods that are high in sodium and sugar.