Men who choose green tea and broccoli for the benefit of their prostate glands might also want to pass on the burgers and hot dogs. A new study from the American Cancer Society followed more than 184,000 people between 1992 and 2009. The volunteers were asked to report on their diets several times during those years.
The scientists found that approximately 2,300 participants were diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer during the trial. Those who had reported eating the most processed or red meat prior to diagnosis were least likely to survive to the end of the study. Those who usually ate 10 servings a week were at significantly higher risk (nearly 80% higher) than those who ate just two servings a week. It was not clear that diet after diagnosis made any difference for this outcome, but it does seem prudent to consider the health consequences of our usual diet.
If you are interested in recipes that feature more vegetables and fish than red meat, you might want to consider our cookbook, Recipes & Remedies from The People’s Pharmacy. A higher intake of red meat or processed meat also seems to contribute to the risk of diabetes, premature aging, cancer and heart disease.