Beans May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer UncategorizedBean Bulletin, Health The type of breast cancer that is sensitive to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone is an especially aggressive form of the disease and it’s most common in African American and Hispanic women. New research in California suggests that eating beans might be one factor that lowers risk. In particular, Hispanic women who had not been born in the United States were less likely to get this type of breast cancer if they regularly ate beans. One reason might be that these women are more likely to eat a traditional diet where beans play a major role. Hispanic women who were born in the United States eat less fiber in general and especially less fiber from beans, which may raise their risk for a number of cancers. Click here to read the paper in Cancer Medicine. Visit our research database for more studies on beans and cancer.