Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary

Recently a study of 50,000 African-American women was published, a sadly neglected demographic when it comes to nutritional science and, in fact, medical research generally. Certain African populations were among the healthiest on earth, inspiring one of America’s lifestyle medicine pioneers Nathan Pritikin (see my 2-min. video Engineering a Cure). Sadly, African-Americans currently suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases. The good news is that many of the diseases—such as high blood pressure and diabetes—can be prevented, stopped, and even reversed with a healthy plant-based diet.

The Black Women’s Health Study investigated fruit and vegetable intake in relation to risk of breast cancer. Those who listened to mom and ate their veggies had a significantly lower risk of the most difficult type of breast cancer to treat (estrogen-receptor negative). Were any plants found particularly protective?

Which was associated with lowest breast cancer risk in African-American women? Apples, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, grapefruit, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, or sweet potatoes? Click on the 3-min. video pick above to find out the answer.

For more on breast cancer prevention and diet, see my Care2 posts from last week Mushrooms For Breast Cancer Prevention and Why Less Breast Cancer in Asia?

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In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago


Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Let's go green for what we eat

Loo Samantha
Loo sam3 years ago


jenny H.
jenny H.3 years ago

Thank you, good information.

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

I love my veggies and always have carrots. For the first time, last year I planted collard greens and found, unlike most plants/veggies, they are perfectly suited to the BC climate.
Wish I could enjoy them all year round...

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

Thank you!

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider3 years ago

Thank you - excellent info :-)

Justin M.
Justin M.3 years ago


Garnet Jenny Fulton
Past Member 3 years ago

Good to know, but always make sure you clean these vegetables well because you can get sick. What I like about a lot of greens is you can eat many of them cooked or non-cooked so that means there is always a way to get them into the daily diet.

Magda V.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thx , very interesting for me:))