I was told by a RN that grapefruit juice was linked to breast cancer. I drink Healthy Balance pink grapefruit juice at least 3-4 times a day with a purpose of a filling diet, and I love the taste of it. I would like to know if this is true, or if eating the pink grapefruit is better for you, or just to avoid grapefruit all together. Please Help.

There have been recent e-mail chains that have suggested that eating grapefruits increases risk of breast cancer. These claims are likely tied to a 2007 study published in the British Journal of Cancer. Results showed an increase incidence of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with high intakes of grapefruit (scientists suspected that an enzyme in grapefruit increased estrogen production). However, a more recent study (Nurses’ Health Study) found no increased risk of breast cancer in women eating grapefruit OR drinking grapefruit juice. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has stated that there is insufficient evidence at this time to change current recommendations (which indicate that at least five servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables is important for cancer prevention), but that more research is needed. They go on to say that grapefruit intake can affect the action of many drugs, and women need to speak with their physicians about which drugs have potential for interaction.

Healthy Balance juices can be an excellent addition to your diet and help you to reach your fluid goals for the day without all of the added sugar. I am in agreement with the ACS when it comes to avoiding grapefruit if it will make one feel better, however, at this time I would still consider them a safe fruit until further research is available. Both pink and white grapefruit are similar in nutritional content. One cup of pink grapefruit sections contains roughly 97 calories and has 120% vitamin C and 53% vitamin A. White grapefruit contains about 76 calories, 128% vitamin C but has less vitamin A (2%).

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