OR­GANIC DIET CUTS CAN­CER RISK

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Eat­ing or­ganic can sig­nif­i­cantly cut your risk of de­vel­op­ing can­cer, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished in Oc­to­ber in JAMA In­ter­nal Medicine. French sci­en­tists from the In­sti­tut Na­tional de la Recherche Agronomique ( INRA) and other agen­cies an­a­lyzed the di­ets of 68,946 par­tic­i­pants and found a 25 per­cent de­crease in risk of all types of can­cer among reg­u­lar con­sumers of or­ganic foods, com­pared to peo­ple who eat or­ganic less of­ten. This as­so­ci­a­tion was par­tic­u­larly marked in breast can­cer among post­menopausal women ( 34 per­cent de­creased risk) and lym­phoma ( a stag­ger­ing 76 per­cent de­creased risk). Other fac­tors that may im­pact can­cer risk, in­clud­ing so­cio- de­mo­graphic fac­tors, life­styles, and fam­ily his­tory, did not change the re­sults.

Al­though re­searchers noted that a causal link be­tween eat­ing or­ganic and de­creased can­cer risk can­not be es­tab­lished on the ba­sis of this sin­gle study, the re­sults sug­gest that a diet rich in or­ganic foods may limit the in­ci­dence of can­cer.

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