Opting for organic foods may reduce risk for some cancers

Pearl Mccarthy
October 26, 2018

The participants, all volunteers, were then categorized into four groups depending on how often they reported eating 16 organic products, including fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, ready-to-eat meals, vegetable oils and condiments, dietary supplements and other products. Some of the implicated pesticides include glyphosate, malathion and diazinon.

The meaning of the findings, according to researchers, is that a higher frequency of organic food consumption was associated with a reduced risk of cancer.

Leonard Nunney, a professor of biology at the University of California Riverside, analyzed previous sets of data on people who had contracted cancer - each of which included more than 10,000 cases for both men and women - and compared the figures with anticipated rates based on their height.

Specifically, Guinter said, this study supports results from a British study that also found an association between organic food consumption and lower risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Now, even a new health study claims that consuming organic food products can help keep cancer at bay.

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In the US, more than 9 out of 10 people have measurable amounts of pesticides in their urine or their blood, and these concentrations are known to fall when people switch from conventionally produced foods to organic ones. She is a scientist with the Center for Research and Epidemiology and Statistics at the Sorbonne Paris Cite. During this period a total of 1,340 cancers were detected among the participants and of these 459 were breast cancers, 180 were prostate cancers, 135 were skin cancers, 99 were colorectal cancers and 47 were non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

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After comparing the quantity of organic food consumed by each participant with the number of cancer cases the researchers reached an interesting conclusion. This revealed that the people who ate organic food most often had higher incomes, more education and higher-status jobs. In particular, the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer was reduced by 73% and 21% respectively. Bean sprouts and soy are also good anti-cancer food. Some researchers such as Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro from Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health remains skeptical. According to official data, more than 75% of the participants were females in their mid-forties. The French researchers also assumed that the more organic foods a person ate, the lower their exposure to pesticide residue would be.

For example, an article published in Workplace Health & Safety notes the link between pesticide exposure and developmental issues in children.

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