It’s linked to colon cancer
Because Western diets are high in junk food, protein, and fat but low in fiber, researchers believe the risk for colon cancer (the fourth most common cause of death from cancer) is heightened. (Processed foods destroy your gut and make you more susceptible to disease.) A diet change can significantly lower it, though, according to a study published in Nature Communications. Scientists had American and African participants adopt each other’s diets for two weeks, then undergo colonoscopies. The Americans, when they started eating high-fiber foods low in fat and protein, saw an improvement in the diversity and health of their gut bacteria, which plays a huge role in reducing the risk for colon cancer; there was also less inflammation in the colon and fewer biomarkers of cancer. The Africans, as you can imagine, took a gut punch: colon inflammation increased.
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