We all know we should eat healthier.. for our weight, for our heart, for our blood pressure and so on, but diet is proving to have a huge impact on our chances of developing cancer as well.
A recent study conducted over several years among 44,000 women found that those who consumed a diet high in fiber during their high school years were 24% less likely to develop breast cancer.
Studies had already shown fiber helps reduce risk for colorectal cancer... but breast cancer? Theories as to why range from improving insulin sensitivity to a reduction in circulating estrogen levels.
But it does seem to be especially important to eat well during the teenage years to gain the full benefits of a high fiber diet and reduce the risk of developing cancer. 'Maryam Farvid, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health who is lead author of the study, says the influence of fiber on cancer risk may be time-sensitive. Adolescence is "a period when breast cancer risk factors appear to be particularly important," she says.'