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Orange Vegetables and Breast Cancer

Hello! Today we have to tell you how important it is to eat orange vegetables for breast cancer.

As Odile Fernández explains in her last blog, carotenoids are natural orange-red pigments found in foods like carrots, sweet potato, squash and melons. Carotenoids have great antioxidant power and can be converted to vitamin A in the body. According to the studies she mentions, women with higher blood carotenoid levels have a lower risk of breast cancer!

As early as 2009, a study by researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health (United States) suggested that women who wanted to protect themselves from breast cancer before menopause should include carotenoids, such as carrots in your diet. According to this study, the more daily servings of carotenoid-rich vegetables consumed by premenopausal women, the lower the risk of this disease. The study also corroborated, however, that this was not valid for postmenopausal women.

Another study published in 2012 in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , was She dared to elaborate on this protection and concluded that a higher intake of carotenoids was associated with a lower risk of developing a certain type of breast cancer (negative for estrogen receptors). It was a macro study! Data from over one million women were analyzed during a 26-year follow-up, of whom 33,380 developed breast cancer. Data analysis concluded that women with higher carotenoid intake were 15% less likely to develop breast cancer of this type, in particular.

We hope this information is useful to you but remember that it is important always consult your medical specialist.


Eliassen AH , Hendrickson SJ, Brinton LA, et al. Circulating carotenoids and risk of breast cancer: pooled analysis of eight prospective studies. J Natl Cancer Inst. 104 (24): 1905-16, 2012.

Zhang X, Spiegelman D, Baglietto L, et al. Carotenoid intakes and risk of breast cancer defined by estrogen receptor and progesterone receptor status: a pooled analysis of 18 prospective cohort studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 95 (3): 713-25, 2012.