Slash Your Breast Cancer Risk By Eating Carrots, Study Suggests

25 Apr 2005 --- Bunch of Fresh Carrots --- Image by © Kristy-Anne Glubish/Design Pics/Corbis

The number of breast cancer cases is spiralling world over, despite the incessant efforts by health experts to contain this deadly disease by promoting screening programs designed to detect signs of developing breast cancer in women.

In yet another effort to curb the steep rise of breast cancer incidence rates, researchers at Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, have found an incredibly simple way to fend off breast cancer.

The research suggested that eating carrots or consuming carrot juice regularly can slash a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by a whopping 60 percent.

A team of Breast Cancer Now researchers, led by Richard Berks, senior research communications officer at the British charity, found that vitamins called carotenes can influence the occurrence of breast cancer.

Carotenes, the presence of which in the blood normally adds yellow color to the skin, can also be found in certain vegetables such as carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, red peppers and other colorful veggies.

In order to come up with the conclusion, the research team examined the diets of 3,004 women from 10 European countries, half of whom were having breast cancer.

Berks and colleagues noted that women who consumed the largest amount of foods rich in carotene compound were between 39 percent – 59 percent less likely to develop non-hormone sensitive breast cancers than those eating least amount of carotene. In other words, study women with elevated blood levels of carotene were significantly less likely to develop breast cancer as compared to their counterparts with low levels of this naturally occurring compound.

According to Berks and team, their findings replicate the past studies that already have confirmed that a healthy and balanced diet, including carrots, helps to maintain a healthy weight, thus help to cut your risk of breast cancer.

Commenting on his findings, Berks noted: “We’ve long known that a healthy diet – carrots included – can help to lower your risk of breast cancer because it helps to maintain a healthy weight.

“While it’s really important to eat vegetables as part of a balanced diet, there is unfortunately no such thing as a superfood when it comes to breast cancer risk.

“Everyone can reduce their risk of breast cancer and many other diseases through healthy lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a healthy weight, having a varied and balanced diet, being more active, and limiting your alcohol intake.”

Berks and colleagues reported their findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.