November 7, 2012

Eat Miso Soup: 50% Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer

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After experiencing food poisoning Monday evening, all I wanted to put into my tender tummy was miso soup. When I opened up the miso paste, there was this statement: "Miso soup consumption linked with up to 50% reduced risk of breast cancer." I had not heard of this before!

According to a study conducted nine years ago that was reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD explains,

In it, Yamamoto and colleagues identified 21,852 women between the ages of 40 and 59 and surveyed them about various lifestyle issues, including their diet.

They traced the women 10 years later and found that 179 had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Again, they surveyed all the women about their diet -- how frequently they ate miso soup and soy foods such as soybeans and tofu. The researchers then calculated the amount of isoflavones consumed.

Researchers found that:

  • 75% of the women consumed miso soup almost daily; of those, 23% had one cup per day, 43% had two, and 34% had three or more per day.
  • 45% had soy foods almost daily, 35% ate soy foods three or four times a week, 17% had it one or two times a week, 2% almost never ate soy foods.
  • Women with the most isoflavones in their diet had the lowest risk of breast cancer. This was especially true of postmenopausal women.
  • Eating soy foods in general, however, did not lower the risk of breast cancer.
  • Other traditional eating habits -- eating more rice, pickles, vegetables, and fish -- were also linked with lower breast cancer risk.
  • Even those who drank the least miso soup still got 250 times more isoflavones in their diet than does the typical U.S. woman.
  • I think I will eat more miso!

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    Posted by Jennifer Lance at November 7, 2012 3:49 PM

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