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New Study Shows Vegan Diet May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

New evidence suggests that following a vegan diet may help to lower breast cancer risk, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

According to LIVEKINDLY, the research was conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and it noted that plant-based foods such as broccoli, as well as yellow and orange vegetables, played a major role in helping the human body fight off cancerous tumors more effectively.

Maryam Farvid, the lead research scientist in Harvard’s Department of Nutrition, along with her team, analyzed diet questionnaires answered by almost 100,000 women about what they ate, along with genetic and other risk factors. In the analysis, the scientists found these five dietary patterns: Plant-based (lots of fruits and vegetables); high-protein, high-fat (lots of meat, eggs, butter, and fried foods), high-carbohydrate (lots of pasta, bread, and convenience foods), ethnic (lots of legumes, soy-based foods, rice, and dark green leafy vegetables) and salad and wine (high in lettuce with low-fat dressing, fish, wine, coffee and tea).

There was an 11 percent lower risk of breast cancer in those who ate over five and a half servings of fruits and vegetables every single day compared to those who consumed two and a half servings or less.

“Although prior studies have suggested an association, they have been limited in power, particularly for specific fruits and vegetables and aggressive subtypes of breast cancer,” Farvid said. “This research provides the most complete picture of the importance of consuming high amounts of fruit and vegetables for breast cancer prevention.”

The connection between a vegan diet and the reduced risk of breast cancer has been something that has caught the interest of the medical community. Several scientists and nutritionists have come out in support of research showing that a high vegetable intake and low or no processed meat consumption are an important factor when it comes to lowering the risk of cancer. Last July, breast surgeon Kristi Funk, whose clients include Angelina Jolie, Sheryl Crow, and Ellen Pompeo, said it was “crystal clear” to her that animal protein is a serious health risk.

Cancer risk is not completely eliminated by following a plant-based diet, but since growing evidence suggests that the risk is significantly reduced, it means that is something worthy to try in order to carry on with a healthier and longer lifestyle.

 

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