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Before you plate up! Make sure you're not eating foods that increase your risk of prostate problems

by , 20 November 2013

Eating certain foods increases your risk of prostate cancer as well as prostate problems. Don't put your life at risk. Cut down on these three foods or eliminate them completely from your diet.

When it comes to prostate problems, you’re better off avoiding them.

But what do you do when there are foods that could be sabotaging your efforts?

Well, the best option is to avoid them.

Revealed: Three foods your prostate does NOT want you to eat

#1: Dairy and calcium:
According to the World Cancer Research Fund 2008 report eating large amounts of dairy products may increase cell proliferation in the prostate. This, in turn, can lead to prostate cancer.

And studies published in The Journal of Nutrition suggest that drinking whole milk increases the risk of progression to fatal prostate cancer, while skim and low-fat milks increase the risk of low-grade stages of the disease.

Try to limit dairy consumption and stick to heart-healthy fat-free and low fat varieties to keep your prostate healthy.

#2: Junk food: While a burger dripping with cheese can be oh-so-delicious, it’s not doing your prostate any favours.

Junk food is just bad for your health. Try to cut back on it or eliminate it.

In August, we reported that fertility experts from Harvard University and the University of Murcia, in southern Spain, found that junk food could increase your risk of fertility problems. And it’s been linked to prostate problems too.

Is there an alternative to junk food?

Yes, according to Health Line, research published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that a diet low in saturated fat, meat and dairy, along with high intakes of fruits and vegetables, may help prevent prostate cancer development or progression.

#3: Red meat and processed meat: Increasing evidence suggests that a diet high in meat, particularly if it’s well-done, may be associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

The health site explains that this may be due to heterocyclic amines (HCAs) – these carcinogens found in cooked meat have been implicated in the development of several cancers.

HCAs are compounds formed during high temperature cooking such as grilling. Some studies suggest that red and processed meat such as beef, pork, hot dogs and sausage may be associated with increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

Important: Of the three things (diet, hormones and supplementation) that contribute to prostate health, diet is by far the most important. Nothing is a substitute for a poor diet, says Your Prostate.

The site adds that “food is the ultimate medicine. There’s no drug, vitamin pill or herb or other nutritional supplement that can influence your health as profoundly as your diet. It’s the foundation upon which your health is built.”

This principle applies to prostate health as well.

So be sure to avoid the foods mentioned and add these prostate cancer fighters to your diet today!

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