Processed Food Carries Higher Cancer Risks

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research recently looked at how food affects cancer rates. The study showed that added salt and chemical preservatives and colors increased cancer risks.

Many processed foods can be directly linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer, and too much salt, leads to other complications such as hypertension. Processed foods can often lead to obesity too, which can increase the risk of some cancers.

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Other research has shown that about 30% of all cancer deaths can be attributed to poor diet and exercise routines.

Eating as much fresh fruit, vegetables and lean white meat and wild fish can help in reducing these risks.

Increase Weight, Increase Risk

A recent report in the journal Circulation took a look at over 20,000 doctors for 20 years, and found that even those doctors who were not obese, but were just slightly overweight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 30 still had almost a 50% increased risk of heart failure, against those who had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 25.

Exercise was a huge factor in reducing the risk too. Working out three times a month reduced the risk by almost 20%, and those who worked out every day cut their risk by around 35%.

It’s back to those four words. Eat less, move more.