Monday, March 8, 2010

Focus on Eating Plants to Cut Cancer Risk

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Soy lovers rejoice! New research suggests that diets with a greater focus on plant foods may significantly cut the risk of developing cancer.

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, diets high in fruits, vegetables and legumes like soy can cut the risk of breast cancer in women by 30%. The study took place in Singapore where this pattern of eating is common, but the researchers have stated that it's really not all that different from an 'American-style' of eating.

In the study, the women were divided into two groups, the first consumed a lot more meat, whereas the second consumed a diet filled with cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy. It was found that the more vegetables, fruits and soy that was consumed, the lower the breast cancer risk among post-menopausal women was. According to one of the researchers, "Eating a diverse diet that can be characterized as having a lot of fruits and vegetables, and possibly adding soy also, would be beneficial,"

Find out more about this study and it's findings by reading the article called "Plant-focused diet may curb breast cancer risk" from Reuters Health (Mar. 4, 2010)