Onion & Garlic May Help Breast Cancer Survivors

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Eating sofrito regularly may help breast cancer survivors. A population-based study in Puerto Rico, published this week in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, found that high consumption of onion and garlic was protective against breast cancer. Sofrito was the main part of the participants’ onion and garlic diet. This investigation follows previous studies that show a positive association between onion, garlic intake and risk of cancers.

For this study, the researchers picked 314 primary breast cancer patients (age 30-79) from hospital records. 346 women from the same area were picked for the control group. These women had no history of cancer, except for nonmelanoma cancer. Consumption of onion and garlic included the locally popular sofrito. The participants had to fill a food frequency questionnaire on their daily intake.

One whole onion, three garlic pods and three spoons. Two spoons contains sliced garlic and one contains a powder

The researchers took into account factors like age, BMI, education, and family history when studying the association between dietary intake and breast cancer. They found inverse associations for medium and high consumption when compared with low consumption. The results remained similar for both menopausal and non-menopausal women.

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Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She is currently pursuing an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Standford University, US.

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