It’s Not Just Meat: Carbs Can Raise Cancer Risk, Too
Scientists have long known that foods can raise or lower a person’s risk for developing cancer. But unraveling which foods can lead to which cancers—and for what kinds of patients—has been anything but easy. The most obvious example was the World Health Organization’s recent declaration that eating processed meats can increase a person’s risk of colorectal cancer. Now it seems that some types of carbohydrates and sugars might also increase a person’s cancer risk; people who regularly consumed sugary drinks were three times more likely to develop prostate cancer, and processed carbohydrates like those found in pizza and hamburgers doubled their risk. The researchers presented their work yesterday at this year’s Experimental Biology meeting.