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Eating More Plants Can Reduce Men's Colon Cancer Risk by 22%
Please pass the broccoli: According to a study, eating more plants can reduce men's colon cancer risk by 22%.
By: Natalie Neysa Alund - USA TODAY
The 79,952 American males who participated in the study, which was written up in the journal BMC Medicine, discovered that those who consumed the most nutritious plant-based foods could reduce their risk by as much as 22% when compared to those who consumed the least.
However, the 93,475 American women included in the study showed no evidence of such a connection.
Researchers believe that because men are more likely to develop bowel cancer than women, the link between the two may be more obvious in men.
At the beginning of the study, the women were around 59 years old, and the men were, on average, 60.
Participants in the study were asked how frequently they consumed specific foods and beverages from a list of 180 choices. They were also questioned about portion size by researchers.
Vegetables and tomatoes from a backyard garden in early August.
Animal foods (meat, dairy, eggs, fish, and shellfish) were separated from less-healthy plant foods (such as refined grains and potatoes) and healthier plant foods (such as vegetables and legumes).
Participants indicated whether they consumed each food item "two or more times a day" or "never or barely ever" to researchers."
Bowel (also known as colon) cancer is the third most frequent disease worldwide, according to the World Cancer Research Fund International. US cancer rates are declining in the US: US cancer mortality rates across all age categories continue on decreasing path, new study reveals. According to Jihye Kim of Kyung Hee University in South Korea, one of the study's authors, the lifetime chance of having it is one in 23 for males and one in 25 for women.
Kim noted in a news release announcing the results, "Although prior research has suggested that plant-based diets may have a role in avoiding colorectal cancer, the impact of plant foods' nutritional content on this link has remained unclear."
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By reducing chronic inflammation, which can cause cancer, antioxidants present in foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains "might help to lowering colorectal cancer risk," the researcher concluded.