Eating organic could lower risk of developing cancer

Eating organic could lower risk of developing cancer

Since most people are not able to grow their own crops, they are prone to buying contaminated foods, especially from supermarkets where they are often cheaper than organic alternatives. It seems that people who consumed the largest amount of organic food presented a significantly lower risk, as they were up to 25% less likely to develop any of type of cancer.

According to a groundbreaking study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, an American Medical Association journal, eating organic foods that are free from pesticides is strongly correlated with a dramatic reduction in the risk of cancer.

So a team from Inserm, the French equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, went looking for data.

The participants were asked to provide information on how often they ate organic food, drinks, and even dietary supplements. "Anytime people can incorporate more fruits and vegetables and minimize processed foods, the better", he said in a Cleveland Clinic interview.

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The researchers used data from the NutriNet-Santé study to examine the eating habits of almost 70,000 French adults.

The participants all filled out questionnaires regarding their consumption of organic products. Volunteers were tracked and observed for around 4.5 years.

Taking into account various risk factors that may affect this relationship (socio-demographic factors, diet, lifestyles and family history) did not change the results, the research authors claimed.

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"Organic food standards do not allow the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms and restrict the use of veterinary medications".

Dr. Shepard points out that people who eat organic foods al so have the tendency to eat healthier diets and exercise more, which are also traits that have been associated with reduced cancer risk.

Chavarro also said it is unclear that quantifying organic food consumption is really calculating what the study authors want to measure - reduced exposure to pesticide residues through diet.

Opting for organic foods can be daunting.

"Whenever you see a result that's replicated like that, you find it a little more believable".

Commenting on the study, nutrition experts from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health concluded: "More research in this area is urgently needed because cancer is a serious public health challenge and foods containing pesticide residues are widely consumed".

"It can be hypothesised that obese individuals with metabolic disorders may be more sensitive to potential chemical disruptors, such as pesticides". A new study adds to the increasing number of evidence that pesticide in food is causing cancers in humans.

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