Eating More Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Suggests

Eating More Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Suggests
Women who eat several servings of fruits and vegetables a day have a lower risk of having breast cancer — especially the aggressive subtypes — according to a large follow-up study. The study, “Fruit and vegetable consumption and breast cancer incidence: Repeated measures over 30 years of follow‐up,” was published in the International Journal of Cancer. Since fruits and vegetables are rich in potentially anti-cancer nutrients including fiber, vitamins C and E, and carotenoids — natural pigments responsible for the red/orange/yellow color in food that act as antioxidants in the body — higher consumption has been hypothesized to reduce cancer risk. As part of their recommendations to reduce the risk of cancer, the World Health Organization suggests eating more than 400 grams of fruits and vegetables per day as part of a healthy diet, and the American Cancer Society recommends at least 2.5 cups of vegetables and fruits a day. While increasing evidence suggests that eating high amounts of vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of breast cancer, the benefits of specific fruit and vegetable subgroups, and their association with aggressive subtypes of breast cancer, remain poorly understood. "This research provides the most complete picture of the importance of consuming high amoun
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