Diets rich in vitamins and fibers are associated with low stomach cancer risk.
This study investigated the correlation between dietary patterns and gastric cancer risk. Using validated food frequency questionnaires, researchers examined the starch, vitamin, fiber, animal product, and vegetable unsaturated fat intakes of 777 subjects residing in northern Italy. The gastric cancer odds ratios of all the participants in this study were also assessed.
Researchers observed a low incidence of gastric cancer among subjects who consistently consumed diets rich in vitamins and fibers. On the other hand, high intake of animal products and starchy foods increased the odds of developing gastric cancers. No significant relationship between the consumption of unsaturated fats from vegetables and gastric cancer risk was found in this study. The findings of this study show that increased intake of diets high in starch and animal products may promote the development of cancerous cells in the stomach.