High vegetable diet may play a role in preventing pancreatitis

The study tracked 80,000 Swedish adults for 11 years, following completion of a 1997 dietary questionnaire on how often they had eaten 96 foods in the preceding year. During follow-up 320 cases of non-gallstone-related acute pancreatitis were identified.

Those who ate more than four servings a day of vegetables were 44% less likely to develop the condition than those who had less than one serving. The protection appeared to be strongest among those who consumed more than one alcoholic drink a day (71% reduced risk) and those who were overweight (51% reduced risk).