3 Proven Foods That Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer

While the causes of breast cancer remain undefined, many factors may increase a woman’s risk of developing it.
These factors include:

• Family history
• Genetics
• Race
• Age
• Birth control pill use
• Certain medications
• Hormone replacement therapy
• Obesity
• Lack of exercise
• Diet in general as well as certain foods

We can’t control many of the risk factors for developing breast cancer, but we can change the behaviors that increase the risk.

• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Exercise regularly.
• Eat a balanced diet

So what foods to avoid that may increase the risk of breast cancer?

1. Sugar

A 2007 Italian study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed a direct correlation between increased intake in foods with a high glycemic index and breast cancer. High glycemic foods include: Sugar, bakeries, pasta, white rice, candies and all refined carbohydrates. The main guideline is to avoid processed and refined carbs and sugars.

2. Grilled meats

The American Institute for Cancer Research reports increased risk of both colorectal and breast cancer from all red meat consumption. Grilling certain animal proteins to high temperatures can increase development of heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which are mutagenic cancer causing compounds. According to the Cancer Project, the worst included well-done chicken breast, well-done steak, pork, salmon, and well-done hamburger. Unfortunately, alternative cooking methods aren’t much better. Frying and broiling to high temperatures also increases the levels of HCAs in meats. Best alternative cook just to the safe temperature to eliminate bacteria.

3. Artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame (NutraSweet) and sucralose may increase the risk of breast cancer. Alternative:: Eat fruit, drink water, and avoid artificial sweeteners.

Foods that May Decrease Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Try these foods, that may decrease your risk of breast and other cancers.

1. Broccoli

This cruciferous vegetable contains high levels of indole-3 carbinol (I3C), which as strong anti-cancer properties. IC3 also shifts estrogen balance, which may reduce risk of developing breast cancer.

2. Red Cabbage

This colorful veggie contains IC3, as well as vitamin A and the flavonoid anthocyanadin (which gives the cabbage its color). All reduce cancer risks.

3. Chia Seeds

These seeds are high in Omega-3 acids and antioxidants. Studies at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center showed that Omega-3 fatty acid intake may decrease the risk of developing breast cancer.

4. Mushrooms

These delicious mushrooms contain lentinan, which boosts immune health and reduces risk of developing certain cancers including breast cancer.

5. Turmeric

This golden spice contains curcumin, an antioxidant that has demonstrated anticancer effects in studies.

6. Garlic

Garlic has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer. It’s a strong detoxifier of the body and it boosts up the immune system. When your immune system is depressed, those cancer cells are more likely to thrive; garlic keeps the immune system strong.

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