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News brief: Vegetables may help prevent pancreatitis

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Vegetables may help prevent pancreatitis

A diet rich in vegetables may help lower your risk of developing sudden inflammation of the pancreas (acute pancreatitis), according to a study published June 27 in the medical journal Gut. Researchers examined the dietary habits of more than 80,000 adults for more than 11 years and found that those who ate at least four servings of vegetables per day were 44% less likely to develop pancreatitis than people who ate less than one serving per day. Researchers also studied fruit intake, but found that fruit consumption had little impact on pancreatitis risk. Researchers focused on fruits and vegetables in order to determine what kind of effect their antioxidant properties might have on non-gallstone acute pancreatitis. Vegetables in the study included, but were not limited to, spinach, broccoli, leafy greens, peas, tomatoes, beets, cauliflower, and carrots.