Vegetarians and vegans are definitely onto something here. It appears the best diet for significantly reducing the risk of colon and colorectal cancer is eating more vegetables and fruits, while completely ditching processed meats.
Numbers confirm that that colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in US.
Avoiding Processed Meat
Nutritionists across the globe claim that completely ditching processed meat, particularly red meat, is the way to go when it comes to preventing colon and colorectal cancer.
According to the latest studies, high consumption of red meat can increase the lower colon and rectum cancer ratio by 40%, while the colorectal cancer ratio goes as high as 50%.
“These numbers are pretty scary as there is a pretty strong connection and it’s not huge amounts,” says Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society.
If you are wondering whether you are on the safe side or not, here’s the amount of red meat that is considered to be high consumption: 3 ounces for men, and 2 ounces for women, on a daily basis.
If you are anywhere near these numbers, it is time to ditch it completely.