Carbs Linked to Cancer

Mallory Lees

Article Summary

“Study finds that ‘bad’ carbs raise your cancer risk”

-Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

-Published April 7, 2016

Certain meats are often thought of as being linked to higher cancer rates. Bacon is carcinogenic and red meats are thought to be. Researchers out of New York University conducted a study that not only meat, but also highly processed “bad” carbohydrates are linked to higher cancer rates. “Bad” carbohydrates include sugary soft drinks and pizza, which are consumed by most Americans. The study found that men who eat “bad” carbs over “good” carbs (such as legumes and whole grains) are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer. 3,100 volunteers were studied as far back as the 1970s. Starting in 1991, participants reported detailed food questionnaires. Foods were categorized by glycemic index and glycemic load, which measures the quantity and quality of carbs in each food item. The one flaw in the study is that 99 percent of the participants were Caucasian. This study will be followed up by additional investigations to test the link between carbs and cancer.

article critique

The author of this article is Elizabeth Armstrong Moore. The article does not specify whether or not she has any medical background, but it seems that she is simply a writer for Fox News. Although she may not have a medical background, the article is well written and she seems to be knowledgeable on the subject matter. The article was published by Fox News, which is a very popular news network that reaches thousands of Americans daily. Since this is such a well-known network, they want to make sure their information is correct and reliable before sending it out to the public. The information in this article is based off of a study done by researchers at New York University, adding more credibility to the information. The study surveyed 3,100 people all the way back to the 1970s. This also adds credibility to the study as research has been continued over multiple decades. The only hole in the study was the fact that 99% of the volunteers were Caucasian. This may take away some of the credibility of the study, but further research is being done to confirm the results. The researchers have also presented their findings at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting, which once again proves that the study is credible since it was showcased at the event. The author of the article may not be as qualified, but the researchers at New York University who conducted the study are credible. The source of the article, Fox News, is also a credible news network that provides Americans with accurate and up-to-date information. The information in the article is very credible because it was concluded from a study done by researchers at New York University who have spent decades on this research and are continuing to confirm it. Overall, I would view this source as credible information if a client brought it in.