New study finds onion and garlic may reduce one’s risk of breast cancer

A recent study from the University of Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico has found that garlic and onions could help lower one’s risk of breast cancer by 67 percent. The two are essential ingredients in sofrito, a popular condiment from Puerto Rico, where the study was focused. 

The island was of particular interest for lead researcher Gauri Desai and his team because of the low rates of breast cancer amongst the island population. “Puerto Rico has lower breast cancer rates, compared to the mainland [United States], which makes it an important population to study,” he explained of the research, which was published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer

As explained by Desai, women in Puerto Rico eat much more garlic and onion because of sofrito in particular, which can be found in everything from stews to rice and bean dishes.

Learn how to use sofrito in the video above or buy your own here. 

Previous research has shown that the two ingredients, in addition to those belonging to the allium family, do possess protective qualities against cancer due to their antioxidant and enzyme-producing properties that deactivate carcinogens.

Specifically, Desai’s study included the participation of 314 women between the ages of 30 and 79 who had breast cancer between 2008 and 2014 as well as a control group consisting of 346 participants, all of whom had no history of cancer besides nonmelanoma skin cancer.

Using a questionnaire, the participants disclosed their dietary patterns, including garlic, onion and sofrito consumption. Researchers then adjusted for varying factors to determine the association between breast cancer occurrence and breast cancer consumption, discovering an association between moderately high onion and garlic consumption and the disease. 

While there were limitations to the study, due to its size and variability of sofrito recipes, researchers still concluded that “sofrito intake, when examined alone, was inversely associated with breast cancer.”

“For those consuming sofrito more than once/day, there was a 67 percent decrease in risk, compared to never consumers,” they added. 

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Gorjana Power Gemstone Bracelet for Compassion, $38

Gorjana will be donating 50 percent of proceeds from the Power Gemstone Bracelet to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Lilly Pulitzer Pinking Positive Tote

As a direct contribution in support of this Print with Purpose collection, the BCRF will receive a $22,000 donation from Lilly Pulitzer.

Rothy’s Petal Pink Solid, $145

Rothy’s is again offering the opportunity to gift a pair of custom pink flats to women impacted by breast cancer this October, and complementing the program with a 2019 donation of $50,000 to BCRF to support lifesaving research.

AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner & Amber Musk Rollerball Set, $50

100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Breast Cancer Awareness Limited Edition Eau de Parfum, $120

Donna Karan Cosmetics will donate 20 percent of the SRP from the sale of this product to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Kendra Scott Metastatic Breast Cancer Necklace Charm Set In Rose Gold, $110

50 percent of the proceeds from every purchase of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Charm Necklace Set will support our Legacy Retreat through Inheritance of Hope for families with a parent battling metastatic breast cancer.

Vineyard Vines 2019 Breast Cancer Awareness Long-Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt, $48

20 percent of all net proceeds will be donated to Bright Pink. 

Bobbi Brown 2-Pc. Proud To Be Pink Lip Color Set, $45

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will donate $24.00 from the purchase of each Proud to Be Pink Lip Color Duo to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) from 9/9/19 to 6/30/20.

Origins 2-Pc. Breast Cancer Awareness Limited Edition Blooming Bold Lipstick Set, $20

In support of The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, Origins will donate 100 percent of the purchase price of this Limited Edition Blooming Bold Lipstick Set.

M. Gemi x Fuck Cancer Palestra, $228

15 percent of proceeds from the shoes, which are sold out now but are available for pre-order, will be donated to the organization Fuck Cancer. 100 percent of proceeds from the laces will also be donated.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair with Pink Ribbon Bracelet, $100

With each purchase of this product, Estée Lauder will donate 20 percent of the suggested retail price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Pura Vida Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet, $32

10 percent of net sales will be donated to Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit that advocates for early detection and empowers young people to live a healthier lifestyle.

La Mer The Breast Cancer Campaign Cleansing Micellar Water, $55

La Mer will donate 30 percent from the purchase price of this limited edition, travel-size Cleansing Micellar Water with a maximum donation of $53,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Saucony Women’s With Love Kinvara 10, $120

From September 9th – October 31st 20% of the proceeds directly benefit the Dr. Susan Love Foundation and their research.

Ideology Breast Cancer Logo Leggings, $26.50

Now through October 31, 2019, Macy’s will donate 20% of the sale price from this Ideology item to BCRF.


Activewear brand 686 is on a mission to board for breast cancer (literally!) with their Moonlight Jacket and will donate $18 from every jacket sold to BOARDING FOR BREAST CANCER (B4BC) a nonprofit foundation providing breast cancer education, prevention, and survivor support programs for young people. 

Native Peony & Jasmine Tea Deodorant, $10.00

On October 5th & October 6th, Native will donate $1 per bar of deodorant sold to Fuck Cancer’s Personal Ink ( a program, dedicated to empowering women to reclaim their bodies after mastectomies.

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