People eating ‘ultra processed’ foods are more likely to develop bowel cancer, scientist say

Mr Wang said: “These items contain processed meats such as sausages, bacon, ham, and fish cakes. The evidence supports our hypothesis.”

Significant use of sugary beverages, such as carbonated and fruit-based beverages, was also connected with a high risk of colon cancer in men, however not all processed foods were found to be equally detrimental.

Co-author of the Fang Fang Zhang added: “We discovered an inverse relationship between ultra-processed dairy items such as yogurt and the incidence of colorectal cancer in women.”

This was believed to be one of the reasons why women were less affected.

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