Do organic foods help breast cancer patients?

**A continuation of our series on breast cancer and nutrition.

Research studies show that organic foods do not contain any more nutrients than non-organic foods, says Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown. But you may want to choose organic foods for other reasons, such as avoiding antibiotics, hormones or pesticide residues in your food.

If you are concerned about these residues, she does advise that you choose organic foods when looking for meat, poultry, eggs or dairy products, due to their exposure to hormones and antibiotics.

Again, if you have concerns, she also suggests looking for organic options when buying fruits or vegetables in the so-called “dirty dozen” – foods that are more likely to retain pesticide residues and so are best to buy organic. They include peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. Fruits and vegetables with a thick skin do a better job repelling pesticide residues, so you can stretch your food dollar by focusing your organic purchases on thin-skinned produce.

You can find out more about nutrition and your breast cancer journey in Brown’s recent free webinar, What’s Food Got to Do With It? Eating Well Before, During and After Treatment.

Videos from Mary Eve Brown:
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