Plant-based diet may help keep breast cancer away

The study team found that those who tended to eat the healthiest plant-based foods faced a notably lower breast cancer risk. Photo: Pexels

(Alan Mozes/ The Suburban) –– Women who follow a healthy plant-based diet after menopause appear to face a substantially lower risk for breast cancer, new French research indicates.

After tracking more than 65,000 women for two decades, investigators found those who consumed a healthy, primarily plant-based diet saw their risk for developing any type of breast cancer drop by an average of 14%.

But the accent is on “healthy.” Breast cancer risk fell only among women whose diets included a significant amount of whole grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, vegetable oils and tea or coffee — even if red meat and poultry occasionally figured into the equation. (…)