Breast Cancer Awareness: Fight back with food: Foods may prevent breast cancer

We might not be able to change some of the hardline causes of breast cancer such as your genetics or cell biology, but it’s important to focus on the causes that you can control. While it won’t completely remove your risk of breast cancer, your diet can actually lessen the odds that you might develop breast cancer in the future. The field is constantly evaluating new information and studies are always ongoing, but here is some of the most reliable advice for foods to focus on and what you need to avoid:

Fruits and Vegetables

A study done in 2013 looked at 91,779 women and found that following a diet comprising mainly plants could cut the risk of developing breast cancer by 15%. In particular, the study found that dark green, leafy vegetables (like kale and broccoli) and fruits (especially berries and peaches) had the most positive impact. Vegetables with Carotenoids in them like carrots and squash can also reduce your breast cancer risk.

Fiber and Antioxidants

Though your body cannot digest fiber, it is used for regular elimination of waste, including excess estrogen. While no conclusive link has been made between fiber and breast cancer risk, there is substantial evidence that reducing excess estrogen can reduce your risk of breast cancer. Antioxidants protect your cells from damaging substances that cause aging and cell deterioration, which may have an effect on breast cancer risk.

Healthy Fats

While eating too many fatty foods can lead to obesity (which increases your risk of breast cancer), healthy fats can provide your body with the amount it needs to sustain itself while decreasing your risk of breast cancer. Fats specifically found in olive oil, avocados, seeds, nuts, and cold-water fish may reduce your breast cancer risk by as much as 25%. 

Foods To Avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Added sugar
  • Unhealthy fats
  • Red meat
  • Processed foods