A recent study suggested that too much meat can increase the risk of colon cancer, even among young adults… so what? is recommended to eat, if you want to protect yourself against colorectal cancer, i.e. what the American Cancer Society says it is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both Gentlemen and Ladies? In particular, a new study led by researchers in Europe and the US points to two common foods.
Research just published in the journal nature communication reviewed 860 previous studies to understand the link between food intake and individuals’ risk of developing or dying 11 types of cancer, including: colorectal cancer, cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gallbladder cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer (including melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas), female breast cancer, kidney and bladder cancer.
As with another recent study, alcohol was strongly associated with most of these cancers, while red meat, in particular, increased the risk of colorectal cancer.
When it came to reducing the risk of colorectal cancer, the researchers found that dairy and whole grains were inversely related to the incidence of the disease. That is, the more regularly individuals consumed these two foods, the less likely they were to develop colorectal cancer.
In particular, the researchers note that eating about 14 ounces of dairy (possibly including an average of seven ounces of milk) and three ounces of whole grains per day was associated with lower colorectal risk.
Other Interesting Observations: Fruit and vegetable intake was inversely associated with cancer of the pharynx, which forms an upper part of the throat.
Fruit, vitamin C and folic acid were all associated with a lower risk of lung cancer, while coffee lowered the risk of liver cancer and basal cell carcinoma.
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