Red meat again found to be linked to breast cancer in women

This British Medical Journal found that “Higher red meat intake in early adulthood may be a risk factor for breast cancer, and replacing red meat with a combination of legumes, poultry, nuts and fish may reduce the risk of breast cancer”.

 What did they find?

  • Substituting one serving/day of legumes for one serving/day of red meat was associated with a 19% lower risk among premenopausal women
  • Substituting one serving/day of legumes for one serving/day of red meat was associated with a 15% lower risk of breast cancer among all women
  • Substituting one serving/day of combined legumes, nuts, poultry, and fish for one serving/day of red meat was associated with a 14% lower risk of breast cancer overall

 Study by associate professor Maryam S Farvid, associate professor Eunyoung Cho, assistant professor Wendy Y Chen, assistant professor A Heather Eliassen and professor Walter C Willett on 88,803 premenopausal women from the Nurses’ Health Study II “Dietary protein sources in early adulthood and breast cancer incidence: prospective cohort study” as published in the BMJ 10 June 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3437

Posted: Friday 7 November 2014