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7 Food Factors That Increase Your Cancer Risk, Study

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ABC's Dr. Ashton Discussing 7 Dietary Factors and Cancer

Diet is an important risk factor for cancer. A new study shows that while low carb diets have benefits, they may also pose a cancer risk. Here are seven dietary factors that may increase your cancer risk.


New research from Tuft's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy found that there are seven dietary factors that may increase the risk of cancer for American adults aged 20 and over.

The Method of the Study from The Abstract

"Using a Comparative Risk Assessment model that incorporated nationally representative data on dietary intake, national cancer incidence, and estimated associations of diet with cancer risk from meta-analyses of prospective cohort studies, we estimated the annual number and proportion of new cancer cases attributable to suboptimal intakes of 7 dietary factors among US adults ages 20+ years, and by population subgroups."

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The researchers evaluated seven dietary factors.

These dietary factors are.

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1. A low intake of vegetables.
2. A low intake of fruits.
3. A low intake of whole grains.
4. A low intake of dairy products.
5. A high intake of processed meats.
6. A high intake of red meats.
7. A high intake of sugary beverages, such as soda.

The study found that in 2015 over 80,000 new cancer cases were associated with these seven dietary factors.

"It’s not only about eating the wrong things, It’s about not eating enough of the right things," ABC News chief medical correspondent doctor Jennifer Ashton said Thursday on "Good Morning America."

She says you have to find what works for you. But there is a tradeoff when you talk about low-carb diets. For a lot of people [on low-carb diets], they’re keeping their weight down, they’re preventing obesity and diabetes and heart disease and some types of cancer, so that can be a good thing.

"But, again, if you’re not eating grains and dairy and fruits and vegetables, you’re missing out. So again, eat in moderation, let your approach be holistic and do what works for you," said Ashton.

Does this mean that people who benefit from low carb diets such as Keto diet are at risk? Let us know in the comments section please if you are on a Keto diet and concerned.

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