Organic Food Consumption Might Reduce Cancer Risks, A Recent Study Revealed

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According to an article published in The New York Times, people who buy organic food regularly are convinced that it is better for their health and are willing to pay a high price for it. But so far the evidence on the benefits of eating organic food has been deficient. A recent study, however, published a few days ago in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, shed more light on the benefits of the organic foods diet.

The new study, conducted by the Sorbonne Center for Research in Epidemiology and Statistics, in France, concluded that consumption of organic foods could considerably reduce the risk of developing cancer. Julia Baudry, the leading author of the study, commented that “we expected to find a decrease in cancer risks, but the reduction we found is quite important.”

The study has been conducted on about 70,000 French adults, out of whom 78 percent were women. The researchers followed the participants from May 10th, 2009, until November 30th, 2016. The results revealed that high consumption of organic food is associated with a lower risk of cancer, in general. However, according to the research, noted that beneficial results were only associated with women.

Organic Food Consumption Might Reduce Cancer Risks

According to the study, diets rich in fiber, vegetable proteins, and macronutrients are an excellent alternative to organic foods, and higher scores in organic foods were associated with higher intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes, and lower consumption of processed meat.”

For their part, according to The New York Times, Harvard nutrition experts wrote a commentary noting that “researchers did not test pesticide residue levels in participants to validate exposure levels.”

Also, on the downside, the study might have been biased as the majority of the participants were women, and all the subjects had better education and healthier behaviors in comparison with the rest of the world’s population. Thus, the researchers pointed out that new studies are still needed to help prove these results.