Preventing Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary

Preventing Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary
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Which was associated with lowest breast cancer risk in African-American women? Apples, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, grapefruit, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, or sweet potatoes?

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Recently, a study was published of 50,000 African American women, a sadly neglected demographic when it comes to nutritional science and medical research in general, actually: “Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Relation to Risk of Breast Cancer in the Black Women’s Health Study.”

Those who listened to mom, and ate their veggies had significantly lower risk of the nastiest type of breast cancer—estrogen receptor negative, because it’s so hard to treat. Any plants particularly protective? Out of all the fruits and vegetables they looked at, two stood out above the rest. Which two do you think those were? They specifically looked at apples, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, grapefruit, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. And, for those of you thinking, wait a second, you can’t compare apples to oranges—well, they just did! What do you think they found?

Although broccoli consumption appeared especially protective in premenopausal women, for women of all ages, winner #1 was collards. No surprise. It’s cruciferous; it’s a dark green leafy. It’s like kale! What’s not to like! So, but, winner #2 was a shocker. Carrots—which Tracye featured on the cover of her great book, along with collards.

As one researcher suggested, “A whole-food vegan diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially if coupled with regular exercise and smoking avoidance, could be expected to have a remarkably positive impact on African-American cancer risk, reversing the increases in cancer risk incurred during the 20th century.”

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

Recently, a study was published of 50,000 African American women, a sadly neglected demographic when it comes to nutritional science and medical research in general, actually: “Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Relation to Risk of Breast Cancer in the Black Women’s Health Study.”

Those who listened to mom, and ate their veggies had significantly lower risk of the nastiest type of breast cancer—estrogen receptor negative, because it’s so hard to treat. Any plants particularly protective? Out of all the fruits and vegetables they looked at, two stood out above the rest. Which two do you think those were? They specifically looked at apples, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, grapefruit, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. And, for those of you thinking, wait a second, you can’t compare apples to oranges—well, they just did! What do you think they found?

Although broccoli consumption appeared especially protective in premenopausal women, for women of all ages, winner #1 was collards. No surprise. It’s cruciferous; it’s a dark green leafy. It’s like kale! What’s not to like! So, but, winner #2 was a shocker. Carrots—which Tracye featured on the cover of her great book, along with collards.

As one researcher suggested, “A whole-food vegan diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially if coupled with regular exercise and smoking avoidance, could be expected to have a remarkably positive impact on African-American cancer risk, reversing the increases in cancer risk incurred during the 20th century.”

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

 

Images thanks to: Evan-Amos (Derivative: Scarce); Fir0002J.smith; and BogHog via Wikimedia Commons; Ana SantosRenee Comet & the National Cancer InstituteMiansari66; and Tracye McQuirter, MPH.

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For more on breast cancer prevention and diet, see Why Do Asian Women Have Less Breast Cancer?

More on collards in Eating Green to Prevent CancerPrevent Glaucoma and See 27 Miles Farther; and Egg Industry Blind Spot. More on carrots in Benzene in Carrot JuiceCrop Nutrient Decline; and Best Cooking Method. And, for more on broccoli and breast cancer, see DNA Protection From BroccoliBroccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells; and Sulforaphane: From Broccoli to Breast.

Certain African populations were among the healthiest on Earth, inspiring one of America’s lifestyle medicine pioneers; see Engineering a Cure. Sadly, African-Americans suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases, but the good news is that many of them—such as high blood pressure and diabetes—can be prevented, stopped, and reversed with a healthy plant-based diet.

Also, check out my associated blog posts for more context: Mushrooms for Breast Cancer PreventionPrevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary, and Breast Cancer & Alcohol: How Much is Safe?

Finally, be sure to check out Tracye McQuirter’s website, By Any Greens Necessary.

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