I keep hearing that nutrition is important in reducing the risk of getting certain types of cancers.
This week's question is from David from Clovis: I keep hearing that nutrition is important in reducing the risk of getting certain types of cancers. What part of nutrition are they talking about?
Jeff Herr, Doctor of Pharmacy
Well, there are many aspects to nutrition and health. Diets high in fiber can help reduce colorectal cancer. Fiber works by speeding up the transit time of food in the colon, thereby decreasing the time toxic substances stay in contact with the colon wall. The way food is cooked is also a topic of discussion. Frying or charbroiling produce high heat and may cause carcinogens to form on the surface of the food you are cooking.
There are many studies out that show a reduced incidence of cancer in people that eat more fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of fiber and antioxidants.