We long reported that our chances of getting cancer may be affected by what we eat. Now scientists say that eating grapefruit every day may raise the risk of developing breast cancer by almost a third. And while genes explain why Asian women get less breast cancer, their diet could also have something to do with it.

The BBC News reports that “a study of 50,000 post-menopausal women found eating just a quarter of a grapefruit daily raised the risk by up to 30%.” This is because grapefruit raises the levels of estrogen, which is the hormone associated with a higher risk of developing the disease. Grapefruit doesn’t boost estrogen levels directly, it inhibits a molecule in the body that is involved in metabolizing estrogen hormones. The result??more estrogen.

Postmenopausal Asian women who eat a “meat-sweet” or Western diet are at greater risk of developing breast cancer than those who eat a “vegetable-soy” diet, according to a new study. The findings mark the first time an association between a Western diet and breast cancer has been identified in Asian women.

Researcher Marilyn Tseng says, “The issue [of diet] is of particular relevance to women in Asia, for whom breast cancer rates are traditionally low but increasing steadily in recent years.”

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