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Sugary Foods Linked to Colon Cancer


Updated: August 29, 2007

Do you like high-glycemic foods like candy, potatoes, and white bread? Apparently, so does colorectal cancer. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found a clear and straightforward association between high-glycemic foods and colorectal cancer.

Specifically, researchers at Harvard and UCLA found that women who ate the most high-glycemic load foods were almost three times more likely to develop colorectal cancer than women who consistently ate lesser amounts.

Food high on the glycemic index (meaning it breaks down quickly into sugar after you eat it) includes sugary snacks as well as potatoes and virtually anything that has white flour as a main ingredient.

Source: Higginbotham, S. and Zhang, Z. "Dietary Glycemic Load and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in the Women's Health Study." Journal of the National Cancer Institute 96.3 (Feb. 2004): 229-233. 5 Feb. 2004.

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