Carbs Linked to Cancer
“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.