7 Things To Know About Organic Foods & Breast Cancer

These days, it seems like everyone has health secrets they swear by. Some claim certain foods or vitamins can cure breast cancer, others claim the same ones cause it. It can feel impossible sometimes to distinguish what’s a great health tip, and what can do more harm than good.

This is especially true when it comes to organic foods. But before diving in, it’s imperative to define what organic dairy, meat, fruits, and vegetables actually means.

Organic meat and dairy products come from animals raised without growth hormones or antibiotics, and organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of conventional pesticides.

You might be thinking, “Are conventionally raised animals and plants bad for me?”, or “Can organic foods help prevent or cure breast cancer?”

Let’s get out of the clutter and talk about what scientific studies have proven so far. Here are 7 things you have to know about organic foods and breast cancer:

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1) At this time, research does not show that organic foods are more nutritious or better for you than foods farmed by conventional methods.

2) Organic foods do not appear to lower the risk of breast cancer or overall cancer.

3) While some people prefer to eat organic meat, chicken and dairy, this does not appear to lower the risk of cancer.

4) At this time, scientific evidence does not show a link between the growth hormones or antibiotics used in conventional animal farming and cancer.

5) Conventional fruits and vegetables may have low-levels of pesticide residue. However, the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables outweigh any health risks linked with pesticide residue.

6) Fruits and vegetables (both organic and conventional) are part of a healthy diet.

7) Buying fresh (or frozen) conventional produce and thoroughly washing and rinsing before eating is always a healthy choice.


1) Bradbury KE, Balkwill A, Spencer EA, et al. for the Million Women Study Collaborators. Organic food consumption and the incidence of cancer in a large prospective study of women in the United Kingdom. Br J Cancer. 110(9):2321-6, 2014.

2) Kushi LH, Doyle C, McCullough M, et al. for the American Cancer Society 2010 Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. American Cancer Society Guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention: reducing the risk of cancer with healthy food choices and physical activity. CA Cancer J Clin. 62(1):30-67, 2012.