Narrator: This is Science Today. Dietary guidelines have long recommended eating less animal protein and more vegetables to prevent heart disease and cancer. Now, a University of California, San Francisco study has found this type of diet is also good for bone health - especially in older women. Dr. Deborah Sellmeyer, director of the university's Bone Density Clinic, says women eating more animal protein and fewer vegetables suffered more bone loss and fractures.
Sellmeyer: I think this study brings out that there's another area that these fruits and vegetables are extremely important for and that's bone.
Narrator: Since protein is also vital to bone health, Sellmeyer says the key is making sure there's enough room in the diet to work in more fruits and vegetables.
Sellmeyer: I think where we need to cut back is start cutting back on some of the baked goods, some of the fats and the sweets and those extra things in our diet, which don't get me wrong- they're tasty and we all enjoy them. But we'd like to start seeing people maybe cutting back on some of that and starting to work more of these fruits and vegetables into their diets.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.