What and how much you drink may affect your risk of breast cancer, but it’s your overall diet that matters.

Three cheers for grapes! But keep the Cabernet variety to a minimum, suggests two new studies on dietary patterns and breast cancer. A 20-year population study of 90,000 women reported that those who ate lots of whole fruit during adolescence — especially grapes, bananas, and apples — reduced their risk of breast cancer in middle age by 25 percent. This observation does fit with other research suggesting that a wide variety of plant foods, including veggies, fruits, and whole grains, protect against breast cancer.

With regard to alcohol, a study of postmenopausal women whose alcohol consumption included two additional drinks a day for five years showed a 30 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer. This, too, aligns with other research identifying excessive alcohol as a risk factor for breast cancer. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation and limit yourself to no more than one drink a day.

"Let the fresh fruits and vegetables be your guide, and make something that will keep for the whole week." Marcus Samuelsson

Posted on December 15, 2016 and filed under nutrition.