A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition sheds further light on the relationship between dietary intake and breast cancer development.
In this particular study, Chinese researchers looked at 712,000 participants in 10 separate prospective cohort studies – of which 6,800 subjects were diagnosed with breast cancer.
The researchers found that for every extra 10 grams of fiber a person ate, they experienced a 7% reduction in breast cancer risk.
Current guidelines are that healthy adults should aim to eat around 30 grams of fiber per day. The average American consumes approximately half of that.
Increasing intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and legumes such as dried peas and beans and lentils not only helps stave off the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, but it may also be protective against breast cancer.