Diet and colorectal cancer risk in Asia - a systematic review.

High intake of diets rich in fruits, vegetables, fibers, and soy beans may cut down the risk of developing colorectal cancer.

The aim of this research work was to determine the association between diets and colorectal cancer risk among Asians. Researchers analyzed data and evidence obtained from relevant published literatures on the subject.

Researchers found a high incidence of colorectal cancer risk among regular consumers of red meat, processed meat, tubers, animal/saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, sugary, preserved, and cholesterol-rich foods. On the other hand, generous intake of diets rich in folic acid, alpha- and beta-carotene, lycophene, selenium, soy beans, fruits, dietary fibers, cruciferous vegetables, dairy foods, and vitamins B12, C, D, and E decreased colorectal cancer odds. Increased white meat and total meat intake was found to have little or no effect on colorectal cancer risk in this study. The findings of this review show that diets may play a major role in the development and prevention of colorectal cancer among Asian populations.

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