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Carrots, sweet potato and other foods high in beta-carotene (such as leafy greens) could lower the risk of developing certain types of breast cancer.

Women who consumed foods rich in beta-carotene were between 40 and 60 per cent less likely to develop oestrogen receptor negative breast cancers according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

These account for a third of all breast tumours.

With just under 60,000 women a year in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer, this suggests that eating and juicing carrots, sweet potato and other beta-carotene rich foods could lower the risk for about 20,000 of these women.

The researchers studied 1,500 women diagnosed with breast tumours and 1,500 who were cancer free. Dietary habits were examined and blood tests were carried out to measure levels of beta-carotene, and other plant-based substances.

Beta-carotene rich recipes

Try some of these delicious recipes to help boost your beta-carotene levels:

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