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World Series Fans: Don’t Let Dairy Strike You Out

World Series fans can hit a home run in the fight against prostate cancer by striking dairy from their diets.

Research shows that men who consume three or more servings of low- or high-fat dairy products a day had a 141 percent higher risk for death due to prostate cancer compared to those who consumed less than one serving. Other research has also linked dairy to increased prostate cancer risk and mortality. Red and processed meat and eggs are also associated with increased risk for prostate cancer.

On the other hand, eating a plant-based diet has been linked to lower prostate cancer risk and slower progression if diagnosed. Fruits and vegetables rich in lycopene (the bright red pigment found in tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit) may be especially beneficial. Men who consume two or more servings of tomato sauce per week have 23 percent less risk of prostate cancer, compared to those having tomato sauce less than once per month, according to data from the Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) also offer protection.

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