High-sugar diet linked to colorectal cancer

Washington, July 16 (ANI): A new study has found a positive link between bowel cancer and a diet high in foods that contain a lot of sugar and fat.

A team from the University of Edinburgh examined more than 170 foods, that include fruit, vegetables, fish and meat, as well as high-energy snack foods like cakes, biscuits, crisps, desserts chocolates, nuts as well as fizzy drinks and fruit drinks including squash.

Scientists reported links with some established risk factors of colorectal cancer - such as family history of cancer, physical activity and smoking.

They also identified new factors including high intake of high energy snacks and sugar-sweetened drinks.

The study, which used data from the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Study, carried out in 2012, builds on previous research into the link between bowel cancer and diet.

The healthy dietary pattern was found to be associated with a decreased colorectal cancer risk, while the western dietary pattern was found to be associated with an increased risk.

"What we have found is very interesting and it merits further investigation using large population studies. While the positive associations between a diet high in sugar and fat and colorectal cancer do not automatically imply 'cause and effect', it is important to take on board what we've found - especially as people in industrialised countries are consuming more of these foods," Dr Evropi Theodoratou said. (ANI)