A recent study found that older Chinese women who eat a Western-style diet have a much greater risk of developing breast cancer than those who eat a typical Chinese diet (see sources below).
According to Chinese medicine, cancer is caused by a condition called “excessive dampness”. It so happens that many staple foods of the Western diet increase dampness. Over time, a diet that centres around beef, sugar, wheat and dairy products can raise the risk of cancer.
Fortunately, it’s easy to reduce the risk. Most vegetables naturally diminish dampness; have some at every meal. Sour foods also reduce dampness. All spices and pungent foods have a drying effect. Physical exercise and sweating help rid the body of excess dampness. And, of course, it’s a good idea to cut down on foods that increase dampness.