Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit?


Zaria Swain, Editor In Chief

With the rise of cancer in America, medical experts are trying to find new cures and more innovative way to prevent and reduce a person’s chance of developing cancer from a young age. Medical personnel have come up with all sorts of different ways to prevent cancer such as, filtering your tap water, marinating your meat before you consume it, getting in the habit of eating vegetables with almost every meal, and even adding more caffeinated drinks to your diet, Although all of these prevention methods may not prove as successful as many hope for them to be they are still worth a shot.

Recently it has been discovered that eating more fiber, mainly fruits and vegetables, can help lower the risk of breast cancer in teenagers. This was discovered by a new study that takes a look into diet and health data from about 42,000 women. Through this study it was determined that the women who reported that they consumed a greater amount of fiber while attending school had a drastically lower risk of developing breast cancer. They consumed around 30 grams a day and this lowered their risk of getting breast cancer unlike the women who claimed that they only consumed about 15 grams a day.

A Fort Drum resident, who has recovered from breast cancer in recent years, explained that they wouldn’t hesitate in adding more fiber into her daughter’s diets because she would try anything to prevent her pre-teen daughters from developing cancer in the future. The test showed that cancer was twelve to nineteen percent less likely in adults who participate in a high fiber diet at a young age and are twenty-four percent less likely to get cancer before menopause. According to the study more fiber equals less chances of breast cancer in your adult life.

Foods that are high in fiber include; apples, bananas, oranges strawberries, potatoes, lima beans, lentils, and black beans. Whole wheat foods are also high in fiber. One flaw of this study is that most of the women were asked to recall how much fiber was in their diet from when they were teens, but are now in their mid-aged years. Therefore the information that they have given may not be accurate and are more so educated guesses rather than cold hard facts.

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