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by Kevin Coupe

CNN reports on a new study saying that poor diet may have more of an impact on cancer risk than previously established.

According to the story, “The researchers evaluated seven dietary factors: a low intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products and a high intake of processed meats, red meats and sugary beverages, such as soda … When the findings were looked at by diet, low consumption of whole grains and dairy products and eating a lot of processed meats contributed to the highest cancer burden.”

The problem: “Ultra-processed foods occupy a growing part of the world's diet. A 2016 study found that 60% of the calories in the average American diet come from this kind of food, and a 2017 study found that they make up half of the Canadian diet. They make up more than 50% of the UK diet, and more of the developing world is starting to eat this way.”

The Eye-Opening solution: “You may protect yourself from cancer by avoiding ultra-processed foods and instead choosing organic foods, research has shown.”

It isn’t always that simple. There are a lot of factors that contribute to people eating ultra-processed foods, like convenience and budget. But it seems to me, especially as I get older, that there is one guiding principle in how I eat and drink and exercise … Something is going to get me. I’m going to help as little as possible, but still enjoy my life.
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