Eating Fruit Young Slashes Breast Cancer Risk by 25 Percent

A new study finds that the consumption of apples, bananas, and grapes during teenage years significantly lowers risk of breast cancer in adulthood.

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A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that consuming certain plant-based foods as a teenager cuts women’s risk of developing breast cancer by 25 percent in adulthood. The study compared two sets of diet data—collected from 90,476 women in 1991 and 44,223 women in 1998—to a breast cancer pathology test conducted on all participants in 2013. The study revealed that, “There is an association between higher fruit intake and lower risk of breast cancer. Food choices during adolescence might be particularly important.” Additionally, consuming foods rich in alpha-carotene and specific foods such as apples, bananas, and grapes in adolescence and oranges and kale during adulthood was associated with a significant reduction in breast cancer risk. Plant-based foods have recently been linked to reducing the risk and/or pain caused by other illnesses including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer.

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