Can organic foods really prevent cancer?
According to a new study published on the JAMA Internal Medicine, frequent use of organic foods will help you reduce the risk of cancer, especially two of the most popular types of cancer in women: Hodgkin's disease and breast cancer after menopause.
Julia Baudry, an epidemiologist at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, and a number of researchers have reviewed the diets of more than 68,000 adults in France. More than three quarters of the participants are women, with an average age of around 40. These volunteers are classified into four groups according to the way they often use 16 different organic foods, including: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, vegetable oil and spices, food supplements...
The follow-up time varies for each participant but lasts an average of more than four and a half years. During this period, researchers have found out about 1,340 cancer cases. The most common ones are breast cancer (459 cases), followed by prostate cancer (180 cases), skin cancer (135 cases), colorectal cancer (99 cases) and cancer Hodgkin's lymphoma (47 cases).
Comparing the results, researchers have found out that people who eat more organic foods will reduce their risk of cancer by 25%. Specifically, they reduce 73% of their risk to develop Hodgkin's lymphoma cells and 21% their risk of breast cancer after menopause.
The result may be due to the fact that organic foods are not contaminated by the environment and pesticides. If these findings are confirmed, encouraging people to consume organic foods to prevent cancer may be an effective strategy. This new finding is in line with the previous results of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, that pesticides are the leading cause of cancer in humans.
However, according to Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this is a very valuable reference study but Julia's conclusion is still not satisfactory. He has pointed out three limitations in this study:
- Society and culture: Not every country tends to consume plenty of organic food to protect people's health. In some countries, the concept of "organic food" has only been popular in the last few years.
- Economic conditions: The consumption of organic food requires a very expensive cost that not everyone can afford.
- Pesticide content: Does the use of pesticide-free food help you eliminate cancer completely? How much pesticide is appropriate? How much organic food is enough?
According to Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro, people's decision to consume organic food mostly depends on socio-cultural factors and economic factors. Furthermore, at this moment, most people are not really aware of the benefits of organic foods.
Although the solution to this cancer risk has not been clearly defined, but using organic foods is still a good way to prevent countless diseases. Here are some healthy organic foods that you can try today:
By: Anna Bennett