Reduce The Risk of Colon Cancer With A Vegetarian Diet

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A new study has revealed that a vegetarian diet, especially one rich in fish, can help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

veg dietA total of 77,659 men and women from Seventh-day Adventist churches across the nation took part in the research. Each person filled out a questionnaire that included over 200 food items.

The research group had a meat intake that was very low (roughly 2 ounces per day). Over a period of 7 years, researchers followed up and found 490 cases of colorectal cancer. When taking other health and behavioral factors into account, it was found that vegetarian patients experienced a 21% reduced risk of cancer when compared to those living a non-vegetarian lifestyle. The results of the research can be found in JAMA Internal Medicine.

It was also found that some vegetarian diets were more effective than others. Those patients who ate fish four times or less per month saw little difference, but pescovegetarians who ate fish at the same rate, but who also ate less meat, saw their risk reduced by 42% when compared to non-vegetarians.