14. Grapefruit: Increased melanoma risk
If you can’t begin your day without a glass of orange juice, or some fresh grapefruit, you may be increasing your risk (slightly) of developing melanoma, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This is a peculiar association, but hey, it’s backed by science and 100,000 U.S. adults over 25 years. People who drank orange juice at least once a day were about 25% more likely to develop melanoma than those who drank it less than weekly; and those who ate a whole grapefruit at least three times a week had a 41% higher melanoma risk, compared to those who never ate it. And while there is no association with melanoma risk and whole oranges or grapefruit juice, researchers explain there are certain “photoactive” chemicals in different citrus fruits that make the skin more sensitive to the sun, and Americans drink more orange juice than grapefruit, which may have allowed researchers to find a statistical link, according to CBS News.
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