Plant-based diets reduce the risk of colon cancer, according to a study published online in BMC Medicine. Men who ate the most plant-based foods had a 22% reduced risk of colon cancer, compared with those who ate the least. Eating more plant foods increases consumption of fiber and antioxidants associated with cancer prevention. It has long been known that people who avoid meat are at reduced risk, and this study adds additional evidence.
Kim J, Boushey CJ, Wilkens LR, Haiman CA, Le Marchand L, Park SY. Plant-based dietary patterns defined by a priori indices and colorectal cancer risk by sex and race/ethnicity: the Multiethnic Cohort Study. BMC Med. 2022;20(1):430-444. doi:10.1186/s12916-022-02623-7