1. Sugary, High-Fat Western Diet Tied to higher Breast cancer risk-Experts
Overweight and obese women who eat a Western-style diet may develop denser breast tissue, possibly increasing their risk for breast cancer, Spanish researchers report.
The women were about 41 percent more likely to have denser breast tissue than women who ate Mediterranean-type diet.The report was published August 8 in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Co-author of the study and a cancer epidemiologist at the National Center of Epidemiology in Madrid, Spain, Dr. Marina Pollan, said: “Generally, it is important to maintain an adequate weight through life by controlling caloric intake, reducing consumption of energy-dense foods.”These include foods found in a Western-style diet, especially high-fat dairy products (whole milk, high-fat cheeses and ice cream), processed meats (bacon, ham and salami) and refined grains (white bread, pasta and white rice). Other examples include sweets and sweetened drinks, convenience foods (pizza, French fries and chips) and sauces (mayonnaise and ketchup), she said. Women who ate such a diet had a 46 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer, Pollan added, although these study findings do not prove that diet causes breast tissue to become denser. A Mediterranean diet is characterized by a high intake of fish, vegetables, legumes, boiled potatoes, fruits, olives and vegetable oil and a low intake of juices, she said. “Women in the highest category of adherence to this pattern had a 44 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women in the lowest category of adherence,” Pollan said.