Snack Foods Related to Colorectal Cancer Risk

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Based on a latest study, the consumption of foods that have low nutritional value, usually in the form of instant, packaged snacks are associated to colorectal cancer risk.

University of Edinburgh researchers discovered a link between an increased risk of this type of cancer and the intake of snack foods and drinks high in sugar and fats including chips, cookies, cakes, sodas, and desserts.

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The research included 2,062 colorectal cancer patients and 2,776 controls between ages 16 and 79. From 1999 to 2006, the participants had appointments in a surgical unit in Scotland. The patients answered questionnaires on their lifestyle practices- what sort of food they consume and how often they eat them.

Long-established risk factors for colorectal cancer like smoking and family history of cancer were identified. However, the results also show a significant link between diet and the risk. In particular, they found that snack foods high in sugar and fats can increase the chances of developing colorectal cancer.

"The finding of a positive association between the intake of 'high-energy snack foods' and CRC [colorectal cancer] is novel and remains significant after physical activity or BMI stratification," study says.

Fruit and vegetable juices are also associated with a higher risk. Researchers said they contain various properties as opposed to the fruit or vegetable of origin. These juices are rich in sugars, preservatives and other additives.

The latest research supports the earlier studies on diet and colorectal cancer risk that proved the connection between a healthy eating habit and a lower cancer risk.

Source: European Journal of Cancer Prevention, Huff Post Healthy Living