Eating healthy foods does cut your risk of cancer، a major study has found.
Food high in salt، sugar and fat resulted in cancer rates up to 11 per cent higher than those who eat healthier diets، research into nearly half a million adults found، the Daily Mail reports.
The research used Britain’s pioneering ‘traffic light’ food system – which makes it simple for consumers to know if foods are healthy or not.
Among the kinds of foods considered unhealthy by the study are cakes، biscuits، puddings، lasagne، tomato ketchup and red and processed meat.
The research used the British Food Standards Agency system which flags up if a food has an unhealthy level of fat، saturated fat، sugar، or salt by giving it a red، amber or green rating. Every food has an overall score.
The results found that people who ate food with healthier scores had a lower chance of cancer، while people whose food had a poorer score had a ‘higher risk of total cancer Higher cancer rates were specifically found in colon cancer، the upper digestive tract and stomach for all subjects.
Men were also more likely to get lung cancer، while women were more likely to get liver and post-menopausal breast cancer.
Lead researcher Melanie Deschasaux of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) said the results showed that the traffic light system of front of pack labels were ‘relevant’ for public health to help consumers make healthier food choices to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.