More than 40,000 Britons are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK, according to the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Being overweight can put you at increased risk of developing the disease, while eating certain foods can make it less likely. Which three foods should you cut out of your diet today, and which three should you start eating more of?
New research from Bowel Research UK found four in ten Britons are trying to lose weight at the moment.
Keeping your weight under control can reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer, as well as helping you avoid other serious diseases.
According to Bowel Research UK, obesity can increase your risk of developing bowel cancer by as much as 30 percent.
And the type of foods you eat can also increase your risk of bowel cancer.
Dr Lesley Booth, director of research and patient & public involvement at Bowel Research UK, said: “Our research showed 29 percent of the public don’t read food labels, which if they did, would go a long way to helping avoid food groups high in sugars, like sweetened fizzy drinks, or in saturated fats such as pies, cakes, pastries and biscuits.
“Foods high in nitrates such as processed or cured meats like bacon, ham and salami, are also known to carry increased risk for bowel cancer so should be eaten in smaller amounts, and no more than about once a week.”
You should drink six to eight glasses of water a day, that’s the equivalent of between 1.6 to two litres.
If you’re cutting down on red meat, you can replace it with lean sources of protein such as tofu, fish and chicken.
These protein sources are lower in calories while being high in protein, which keeps you full.
Anyone concerned about their diet or lifestyle should discuss this with a medical professional.