chlorogenic acid in fruit, vegetables, coffee reduce risk of breast cancer

Diet plays a massive and underappreciated role in breast cancer. When women from countries with lower breast cancer rates move to North America and adopt our diet, their breast cancer rates climb as high as ours. And now there’s a new insight into the role of diet in breast cancer.

Several studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables is protective of breast cancer. So is olive oil. And coffee may be too. What’s the connection between fruits, vegetables, olive oil and coffee? There may be many connections, but one of them is chlorogenic acid.

Chlorogenic acids are polyphenols found in an abundance of plant foods. Polyphenols are a powerful group of flavonoid antioxidants. Research has shown that several foods and drinks rich in chlorogenic acids, like coffee, tea, wine, several herbs and fruit juices, reduce the risk of chronic diseases because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

A new, just published study wanted to see if there was a connection between polyphenols and breast cancer. The study followed 10,812 middle-aged women for 11.8 years. What they found was powerful: women with the most chlorogenic acid in their diet were a significant 67% less likely to develop postmenopausal breast cancer.

This novel study adds more evidence to the strategy of reducing breast cancer by eating healthily. Specifically, it contributes more evidence that eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and possibly using olive oil and drinking coffee, prevents postmenopausal breast cancer.

So be healthy! And have a nice dinner!


 J Acad Nutr Diet 2020;pii:S2212-2672(19)31591-6


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