A beloved cartoon popularized the slogan “What’s up doc?” back in the 1950s—but the question still holds plenty of relevance, as research now suggests that wacky rabbit’s snack of choice can reduce breast cancer risk by up to 60%.
If you didn’t grow up watching Bugs Bunny, know that the carotene-filled snack I’m referring to is none other than carrots.
According to Daily Mail, this crunchy revelation comes from “one of the biggest ever studies” investigating the link between cancer and a person’s diet. European scientists looked to 1,500 women with breast tumors and an additional 1,500 who had no signs of cancer to draw the conclusion.
What exactly does research suggest? Women with higher levels of carotene in their blood are less likely to develop breast cancer, particularly the types thought to be more aggressive or life-threatening.
Because plants are known to contain a “fascinating yet mysterious” type of chemical that brings protective benefits, looking to your diet to fight cancer has legitimate cause for action.
Of course, nutritional trends and “superfoods” constantly pop up for their cancer-fighting reputations. However, carrots—along with other carotene-packed fruits and veggies—have statistical evidence bragging rights for their health benefits.
Hate carrots but love your breasts? Try sweet potatoes, kale, mango, or a vegetarian diet.