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Organics and Cancer

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Can eating organic food reduce your risk of cancer? A study of 70,000 French volunteers, mostly women, suggests the answer is yes. It found that the most frequent consumers of organic food had 25 percent fewer cancers overall than those who never ate organic. Those who ate the most organic food had an especially large drop in the incidence of lymphomas, and a significant reduction in postmenopausal breast cancers.

The magnitude of protection surprised the study authors. The overall effect was comparable to having a family history of cancer.

However, in a commentary accompanying the study in Jama Internal Medicine, experts from Harvard expressed caution about the results, saying it is more important to simply eat more fruits and vegetables, whether the produce is organic or not, if we want to prevent cancer.

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