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Regular Mushroom Consumption May Help Lower Cancer Risk

Mushrooms are a rich, low calorie source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. A recent study suggests that consuming 0.6 ounces of mushrooms daily may reduce the risk of cancer by up to 45%.

For their study, the researchers reviewed the findings of 17 observational studies published between 1996 and 2020. The studies evaluated the association between mushroom consumption and cancer risk.

The researchers found that participants with the highest mushroom consumption (0.6 ounces or 18 grams daily) had a 45% lower risk of total cancer compared to those with little to no mushroom consumption. When considering specific cancers, the researchers found the strongest association between regular mushroom consumption and a lower risk of breast cancer.

The study was conducted by researchers from Penn State College of Medicine. It was published online ahead of print on March 16, 2021 in the journal Advances in Nutrition.

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