Highly-processed carbohydrates 'linked to cancer risk'

6 April 2016

A new study has demonstrated a link between highly processed carbohydrates and an elevated risk of cancer.

The New York University research examined the health records of 3,100 volunteers tracked since the early 1970s, finding that regular consumption of sugary beverages was associated with a three times greater risk of prostate cancer.

Moreover, a higher intake of processed lunch foods such as pizza, burgers and meat sandwiches can double prostate cancer risk, whereas healthy carbohydrate-containing foods like legumes, non-starchy vegetables, fruits and whole grains were associated with a 67 per cent lower risk for breast cancer.

Study leader Nour Makarem, a PhD student at New York University, said: "Sugar-sweetened beverages have been shown to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes, and our study documents that they may also have a detrimental impact on cancer risk."

The findings align with existing dietary guidelines that suggest that avoiding sugary drinks and limiting the consumption of energy-dense foods, which tend to be high in refined carbohydrates, can reduce the risk of cancer.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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