High-fat diets are all the rage nowadays, thanks to the popularity of the low-carb high-fat ketogenic diet. A lot of people follow this trendy diet without understanding the difference between good and bad fats. This has spawned a lot of misunderstanding and confusion around the health factor of fat-rich foods like cheese and oils. A new study has said that consuming a low-fat, plant-based diet can help lower mortality risk from breast cancer. The preliminary study said that diets that were similar to the ones that medical professionals recommended for good heart health could also help lower death risk from breast cancer.
The study is due to be presented at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago, United States Of America, next month. It is a well-known fact that diets rich in fats may lead to obesity, which is a risk factor for a number of different types of cancers. The findings are from a long-term government funded initiative called the Women’s Health Initiative and it includes the data of 48,000 post-menopausal women from across the United States Of America.
The women were tracked for a period of 20 years and the researchers found that women who consumed a low-fat diet that was rich in plant-based foods, were at a 20 per cent lower risk of developing breast cancer. Another key finding from the study said that even years after the study ended, women who followed a low-fat and plant-based diet had a 15 per cent less chance of dying from breast cancer, as compared to those who didn’t.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer was ranked second among types of cancers with the highest mortality rates among women. This study is reportedly the first one to test the potential dietary factor that could influence breast cancer mortality.