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  2. Jun 6, 2023

Animal-Based Low-Carbohydrate Diets Increase the Risk of Colon Cancer

Consuming an animal-based, low-carbohydrate diet was found to increase the risk of developing colon cancer, according to The Singapore Chinese Health Study. Low carbohydrate diets that were centered around plant-based foods, however, did not have the same risk.1 Processed and red meat have been shown to increase the risk of colon cancer alongside other types of cancer. 2


  1. Yu YC, Paragomi P, Jin A, et al. Low-carbohydrate diet score and the risk of colorectal cancer: findings from the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2023;32(6):802-808. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0683 
  2. Farvid MS, Sidahmed E, Spence ND, Mante Angua K, Rosner BA, Barnett JB. Consumption of red meat and processed meat and cancer incidence: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Eur J Epidemiol. 2021;36(9):937-951. doi:10.1007/s10654-021-00741-9

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