The power of plants

| Post published on August 29, 2018
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Wholesome plant-based diet can considerably lower your risk of breast cancer

A one-of-a-kind review of studies on diets and breast cancer risk brought very clear-cut results. Diets based on fruit and vegetables, pulses (peas, beans, chickpeas, peas, soya), wholegrains and nuts and seeds lower the risk of breast cancer whilst diets high in saturated fats (meat, dairy, eggs), red and processed meats, added sugars, fried foods and refined grains increase the risk. Predominantly plant-based diets were shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 46 per cent! This study illustrates how even if you’re at an increased risk of cancer, a healthy lifestyle might be all you need to minimise the odds. Plant power!

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Dandamudi A et al., 2018. Dietary Patterns and Breast Cancer Risk: A Systematic Review. Anticancer Research. 38 (6): 3209-3222.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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