Cheese may raise breast cancer risk but not yogurt?

Cheese may raise breast cancer risk but not yogurt?

Both are milk products, so it is only logical to think that the effects are the same in the human body. No, when it comes to breast cancer, Cheese and Yoghurt act differently.

Strange but True

Cheddar and cream cheeses are likely to increase chances of breast cancer. But yoghurt would reduce the incidence of breast cancer. Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY have come out with this strange but interesting finding in their research.

Types of Cancer

Next to skin cancer, breast cancer affects more women in America. The expected new breast cancer cases are 252,710 and deaths 40,000 in this year. Diet is a crucial link to breast cancer, especially premenopausal breast cancer. Dairy products are complex in nature. Some studies have linked dairy intake to greater breast cancer risk, while others have indicated the opposite.

Say Cheese

While cheddar and cream cheese may raise breast cancer risk by 53 percent, the higher consumption of yogurt were found to have a 39 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. Overall, women who consume more top dairy products including cheese, yogurt, and milk – found to be with a 15 percent lower breast cancer risk. However, dairy products have also been linked with obesity, which raises the risk of getting 13 types of cancer. They found cheese increased the risk of breast cancer by 53 per cent, mainly a high intake of cheddar and cream cheeses.

What Limit?

Eating a balanced and varied diet can help to maintain a healthy weight and can lower the risk of developing breast cancer. It’s once you go over 10 ounces of cheese a day that you start to increase your chances of developing breast cancer. More research is needed for a better understanding of what drives this increased or decreased risk, the study noted.

The Conclusion

Although there is still much speculation about the topic, a few points to note are:

  • Most dairy today is infused with IGF Hormones (growth hormones) and antibiotics.
  • Even if you were to indulge in only organic milk, there are reports that the casein in dairy (the protein component in the milk) can give rise to cancer cells. Although this is not fully proven, it is supported by many professors and researchers, such as T. Colin Campbell and his book The China Study.
  • Yogurt is a form of fermentation and is considered as a better alternative to milk, as the fermentation process gets rid of the lactose (milk sugar) in the product and therefore is better digested in the body.
  • Cheese is saturated fat and will give rise to fat levels which again is a contributor to may cancers, such as breast cancer.

Want to avoid the confusion?

If you are unsure of what to do and would like to give up dairy altogether, you will be surprised to find multiple substitutes in the market. Almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, cashew milk and so on. And don’t worry about calcium, there are multiple ways of getting that too…milk is certainly not the only source and neither is it the best source!

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