Massive Study Finds Eating Organic Slashes Cancer Risks

Massive Study Finds Eating Organic Slashes Cancer Risks

The authors describe the lower exposure to pesticides that have been classified as "probably carcinogenic" by the WHO's International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) as the most likely explanation for the lower cancer rates among organic food consumers.

Julia Baudry, an epidemiologist from the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in France, led a research that looked at the various diets of almost 70,000 French men and women. All of the participants also completed follow-up questionnaires - on average around four years following the first round.

There was also a reduced risk for lymphomas, plus prostate, skin and colorectal cancers for people who eat mostly organic.

"Volunteers were asked to provide information on their consumption frequency of organic products and they could answer, "I consume these foods most of the time, occasionally, or never", Baudry explained in an audio interview that accompanied the study.

Participants who are low-to-medium quality diets but with organic food still experiences a reduced risk of cancer.

Although some previous research suggests that agricultural chemicals may be linked with certain cancers, researchers don't have a clear picture of whether organic foods free of these chemicals can help lower the risk of cancer.

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The findings are limited because the study followed participants for only seven years, says Jacqueline Moline, MD, the chair of the department of occupational medicine, epidemiology, and prevention at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York City, who was not involved in the study. In fact most organic farmers admit that what they grow in India is at best natural farming, because it takes decades of responsible farming for pesticide residue to completely vanish from the soil. According to scientists, not the last reason of this alarming statistics - pesticides that enter from the soil into food. Anytime people can incorporate more fruits and vegetables and minimize processed foods, the better.

"These factors may may have led to a lower cancer incidence herein than the national estimates, as well as higher levels of organic food consumption in our sample".

Baudry and her colleagues concluded, "If the findings are confirmed, promoting organic food consumption in the general population could be a promising preventive strategy against cancer". Some of the specific cancers avoided are non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer write the researchers.

As in the case of any study, the results may not be 100% accurate. Secondly, in the study, 16 categories were made from organic food milk to chocolates and wines. The French researchers also assumed that the more organic foods a person ate, the lower their exposure to pesticide residue would be.

As CNN reports, the study's conclusions are rather hard to ignore.

Exposure to pesticides in fruits and vegetables are not only the possible culprits for cancer.

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