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Biscuits, candy and sausage ‘increase colon cancer risk in men’, new study suggests

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Do you love cookies, candies, fizzy drinks and sausages? They all ‘increase colon cancer risk in men’, new study suggests

  • Ultra-processed foods have been linked to higher rates of colon cancer in men
  • They include instant soup and noodles and sweet or savory packaged snacks
  • Researchers assessed the diet through food questionnaires completed every four years

Cookies, candy, carbonated drinks and sausages may increase the risk of colon cancer in men, a study suggests.

Ultra-processed foods — including instant soup and noodles and sweet or savory packaged snacks — have been linked to higher rates of the disease, researchers said.

US academics examined data from three long-term health studies involving more than 46,000 men and nearly 160,000 women.

Ultra-processed foods — including instant soup and noodles and sweet or savory packaged snacks — have been linked to higher rates of the disease, researchers say

Participants were followed for 24 to 28 years, and during this time 3,216 cases of colon cancer were identified.

The researchers, from Tufts University in Boston, assessed the diet using food questionnaires, which were completed by participants every four years.

Men who ate the most ultra-processed foods were 29 percent more likely to develop colon cancer than those who ate the lowest amount — but the link was not found in women.

However, when the researchers, whose study is published in the British Medical Journal, looked at subgroups of ultra-processed foods, they found that women who consumed the most ready meals had a 17 percent higher risk of colon cancer compared with those in the lowest consumption group.

Cookies, candy, fizzy drinks and sausages may increase men's colon cancer risk, study suggests

Cookies, candy, fizzy drinks and sausages may increase men’s colon cancer risk, study suggests

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