Is there a link between the Western diet and colon cancer?

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Lovesdad asked...

Is there a link between the Western diet and colon cancer?

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Scientific studies have pointed to the link between the Western Diet and many types of cancer, and in the case of colon cancer this connection is fairly clear. The Western Diet often contains cancer-causing agents found within the highly processed foods, overcooked and hormone-laden animal products and alcoholic beverages "“ specifically beer which has been shown to increase colon cancer risk"“ that are the hallmarks of this type of diet. In addition, the Western Diet is typically very low in fiber, a necessary component to keeping the intestinal tract clear of cancer-causing substances that can otherwise build up in the gut, contributing to an increased risk of colon cancer. Increased fiber intake, especially in the form of pectin, has been shown to offer a significant decrease in colon cancer risk, due to the cleansing and detoxifying benefits that fiber provides for the entire intestinal tract. By including more dietary fiber and whole foods in your diet, and limiting over-cooked or processed meats, refined/processed foods and alcoholic beverages, you can reduce your risk of colon cancer significantly and help put you on the road to recovery if you're already battling this common form of cancer.

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Spouseofli answered...

Yes, researchers have found a link between the western diet and colon cancer. Harvard researchers looked at the diets of more than 75,000 women over 12 years and found that women who followed a "western diet" (highly processed grains, meat, high fats, etc) were much more likely to develop colon cancer.

It is also generally agreed that colorectal cancers are some of the cancers most connected to dietary patters. I guess that makes a lot of sense considering where they are located!

Tofu salad anyone?

Yousuf answered...

This research augmented my views that human is compatible to the natural crops / foods of his environment / area. Lets opt to use natural products i.e. no processed food, cloth, shoes, etc. But stack