A plant-based diet may reduce breast cancer risk

French study suggests women who adopt a healthy plant-based diet after menopause have a decreased breast cancer risk.

After studying 65,000 women for 20 years, researchers discovered those who ate a healthy, plant-based diet had a 14% lower chance of acquiring breast cancer.

Healthy is emphasised. Women whose diets contained whole grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, vegetable oils, tea or coffee had a lower breast cancer risk

In contrast, older women whose plant-based diet was unhealthy owing to a high dependence on sugary fruit juices, refined grains, potatoes, sugar-sweetened

drinks and/or sweets had no protective advantage. Their breast cancer risk rose 20%.

They next looked at whether better plant meals affect breast cancer risk differently than less healthy alternatives, an unexplored approach.

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