Pieces of my heart :)

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Five-a-day has little impact on cancer, study finds


For many years British people have been recommended to eat at least 'five-a-day' – that is five items of fruit or vegetables every day in order to improve their health and reduce the likelihood of illness, in particular cancer.



The recommendation was first put forward in 1990 by the World Health Organization which said that the 'five-a-day' diet could prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.



Since then the advice has been a mainstay of public health policies in many developed countries, such as the UK, where the population eat a high proportion of junk food.



Many health campaigns have promoted the advice, and indeed much food packaging in Britain states how the contents will constitute part of your five-a-day.




like‧li‧hood [singular, uncountable]

1 the degree to which something can reasonably be expected to happen [= probability]

likelihood of

Using a seatbelt will reduce the likelihood of serious injury in a car accident.

little/lower/high/greater etc likelihood

There was very little likelihood of her getting the job.

likelihood (that)

They must face the likelihood that the newspaper might go bankrupt.

2 in all likelihood

almost certainly:

If I refused, it would in all likelihood mean I'd lose my job.




1MI a chronic disease or illness is one that continues for a long time and cannot be cured [ acute]:

chronic arthritis

chronic asthma

chronic heart disease

2 a chronic problem is one that continues for a long time and cannot easily be solved:

chronic unemployment

There is a chronic shortage of teachers.



the mainstay of something

a) an important part of something that makes it possible for it to work properly or continue to exist:

Agriculture is still the mainstay of the country's economy.

b) someone who does most of the important work for a group or organization:

She was the mainstay of the team.