Foods containing phenolic acids, such as red wine, coffee, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, improve women’s defense against breast cancer, a new research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow suggested.
The study, led by a team from the University of Navarra and the University of Jaen in Spain, examined the link between phenolic acids and breast cancer in 11,028 women.
It appeared that a high consumption of hydroxycinnamic acids, a naturally occurring type of phenolic acid, reduced risk of breast cancer by 62%.
Rich sources of phenolic acids include raspberries, blueberries, apples, citrus fruits, plums, onions, cocoa and wholewheat, rice, corn and oats - as well as coffee and red wine.
The researchers explained that the diet could possibly decrease fat tissue inflammation or resistance to insulin.