Cancer has steadily been on the rise in the Western world for some time now. Although scientists and researchers are still unaware as to what causes the cell mutations, thereby causing cancer, there have been many studies conducted which give us insight as to what factors put us at more of a risk.
Certain lifestyle choices show a correlation with cancer cases and one of the most common is our diet. Although there are many factors which predispose us to increased cancer risks, such as heredity or what has been passed down to us via our choromosomes, certain foods we consume have been shown to increase our chances of developing cancer later in life.
Based on a recent study performed at Tufts University in Boston, a nutrition and cancer epidemiologist concluded that there are dietary factors that can indeed increase a person’s cancer risk:
- Low intake of whole grains
- Low intake of fruits and vegetables
- High intake of red meat
- High intake of processed food
- High intake of sugary drinks
Today we are living in a world where there is general confusion about the nutritional value of the foods we put into our bodies. The rise in popularity and the abundance of processed foods on every shelf of every grocery store has made it a more economical choice as opposed to fresh fruit and vegetables, for example.
Only recently has research began to shed some light on the health risks of consistently consuming red meat such as pork and beef. These foods, along with sugary drinks and processed foods, must be consumed in moderation.
It’s important to note that we have yet to develop the ability to prevent cancer entirely but studies such as this show us which behaviors put us more at risk. While we may not be able to control all our risks we are able to choose the foods we consume so we can, at least, diminish our chances.