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Foods to eat
Breast cancer can start in different places, grow in different ways, and require different kinds of treatment. Just as certain cancers respond better to certain treatments, certain cancers respond well to specific foods.
The following foods are considered part of a healthful diet in general, and they may help to prevent the development or progression of breast cancer:
•a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables
•foods rich in fiber, such as whole grains, beans, and legumes
•low-fat milk and dairy products
•foods rich in vitamin D
•foods, particularly spices, with anti-inflammatory properties
A study of more than 91,000 women found that following a diet comprising mainly plants could cut the risk of developing breast cancer by 15 percent. The Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Center recmmend between 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Along with their other benefits, fruits and vegetables are rich in flavonoids and carotenoids, which are linked to a host of medical benefits. Studies have found the following fruits and vegetables to be good for preventing breast cancer:
- Dark, green, leafy vegetables
- citrus fruit
Although research into dietary fiber and its effect on breast cancer is currently inconclusive, several studies suggest that it can help protect against the disease. Because fiber supports the digestive system and regular elimination of waste, it helps the body to get rid of toxins and limits the damage they can do.