Two Food Mistakes That May Increase Your Risk Of Cancers

May 28, 2019

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It's pretty common knowledge that smoking can cause cancer.  It's also know that not exercising and a poor diet can also increase your chances of developing cancer.  Now a new report narrows it down even further to two diet mistakes that are most closely linked to cancer. The study, published in the journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum, specifically states that not eating enough dairy and not eating enough whole-grains jumps up your cancer chances by over 5%.  The study also states that a suboptimal diet of consuming too much red meat, processed meat and sugar-sweetened drinks were also found to be possible causes of cancer. Poor diet choices may have accounted for 80,000 new invasive cancer cases in U.S. adults in 2015. While it has been known for some time that eating sugars, processed food and red meat is risky when it comes to cancers but this is the first report that suggest Americans add more dairy and whole-grans to our diets. They found that 38.3% of all colorectal cancer cases in 2015 were associated with suboptimal diets and 25.9% of mouth, pharynx, and larynx cancers were also linked with diet. The study also estimated that about 16% of diet-related cancer cases are connected to obesity, rather than the diet alone. The findings suggest that the best way to lower your risk of cancer is to eat a balanced, well-rounded diet – and not exclude any entire food groups. Which makes sense. Researchers hope that the findings will encourage people to think carefully about their diet and to recognize poor diet as a significant cancer risk factor, much like alcohol or smoking.

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SOURCE: Metro

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