What foods to avoid if you have estrogen-positive breast cancer?
Research shows that among breast cancer cases,
- only 5-10% were because of genetic defects.
- 90-95% were attributable to environmental and lifestyle factors such as diet. Out of these,
- Diet contributed to approximately 30-35%.
- Obesity contributed to 10-20%.
Any food that increases your risk of obesity or makes you prone to inflammation triggers breast cancer, be it of any type. These include:
- Sugary foods:
- Added sugars in foods and drinks (such as in fruit juices and high-fructose corn syrup)
- White bread
- White pasta
- White rice
- White flour-containing baked products
- Saturated fats (increases your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and helps grow breast cancer cells)
- Deep-fried foods
- Non-dairy creamers
- Packaged cookies and crackers
- Cake mixes
- Processed snacks
- Red meat and chicken with skin (increases your cholesterol levels and promotes the growth of breast cancer cells)
- Alcohol (promotes the growth of breast cancer cells)
Research says that some foods play a role in slowing down the growth of cancer cells or enhancing the efficacy of cancer medications. These include:
- Citrus fruits such as:
- Vegetables and herbs:
- Bell pepper
- Good fats (especially those that contain omega-3 fatty acids):
- Olive oil
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Flax seeds
- Pine nuts
- Lean proteins:
- Adequate fiber intake (25-30 g daily)
- Adequate fiber intake
Despite weak estrogen-like action, soya and flax seeds help make tumor cells less aggressive as per some research. However, talk to your oncologist before you start soya or flaxseed products as diet supplementation.
Please note that these foods are not a replacement for your regular cancer treatment.
Along with controlling dietary factors, pay attention to exercising that plays an equivalent role in keeping weight under control. Obesity also increases your risk of breast cancer. If you want a special dietary plan tailored to your needs, consider consulting a certified nutritionist.