Study: Processed Foods Raise Risk of Colon Cancer for Men

Research shows that wolfing down too many ultra-processed foods can be bad news for a man’s colon.

Specifically, men who consumed the highest amount of ultra-processed food had a 29% greater risk for developing colon cancer, compared to men who consumed smaller amounts. Surprisingly, there was not an increased risk for women who consumed higher amounts of ultra-processed foods.

“The study provides evidence of the potential link between ultra-processed foods and colorectal cancer, and supports the public health importance of limiting certain types of ultra-processed foods for promoting better health outcomes in the population,” study author Lu Wang said. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

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