Dairy Foods – Do They Cause or Prevent Cancer?

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Dairy Foods - Do They Cause or Prevent Cancer?
Dairy Foods - Do They Cause or Prevent Cancer?

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Dairy Foods – Do They Cause or Prevent Cancer?

[clickToTweet tweet=”Research has proven that diet can either reduce or increase your chances of developing cancer.” quote=”Research has proven that diet can either reduce or increase your chances of developing cancer.” theme=”style3″] Some studies have narrowed their search for causes and prevention to dairy foods – and many are divided in their outcomes.

Cream, cheeses, butter, yogurt and milk are the most commonly consumed dairy products and the studies can only go so far in proving or disproving that they increase the risk of developing the disease.

Even though the likelihood of having consumed dairy products can’t be unconditionally proven, there are clues in the studies which support the supposition that dairy was very likely a part of the diet of the person who contracted the disease.

Some studies and even anecdotal evidence have provided correlations between incidences of cancer and consumption of dairy products; comparing data from societies that have high dairy consumption to those that don’t.

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Types of Cancer Linked to Dairy Foods

Some types of cancer studied extensively in dairy and cancer links are:

” Colorectal – This is one of the most common types of cancer. The colon or rectum is situated in the lower area of the digestive tract and studies indicate that some ingredients found in milk (calcium, lactic acid bacteria and Vitamin D) may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

” Stomach – Some protective factors found in milk may prevent cancer growth in the stomach while others (insulin growth) may increase the risk. Studies indicate there are no clear factors that can be determined between dairy and stomach cancer.

” Breast – The most common type of cancer in women, breast cancer risk may be reduced by dairy products. Some dairy products may even protect women from breast cancer.

” Prostate – This gland is found directly below the bladder in men and produces semen fluid. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in European and American men and studies have found that high dairy intake (especially milk) may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer because of bioactive compounds normally found in milk. Some studies indicate high probability of prostate cancer in men who have high intakes of dairy – but other studies praise dairy products for their ability to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Are There Daily Recommendations?

Although there are no official recommendations on dairy consumption, some medical experts recommend that you limit your intake of dairy products to two glasses of milk or two servings of other dairy products per day.

Dairy consumption when it comes to preventing or reducing your risk of cancer is a mixed bag. However, many people believe that it does cause a high risk – especially when you compare populations that do not consume high amounts of dairy products (if at all) and cancer cases are almost non-existent, to those populations that do consume large amounts of dairy foods and cancer is a cause of concern.

[clickToTweet tweet=”Therefore, these studies are mostly observational rather than scientific, so consider that the evidence is there, but no real proof exists.” quote=”Therefore, these studies are mostly observational rather than scientific, so consider that the evidence is there, but no real proof exists.” theme=”style3″] The best rule of thumb is to consume dairy products in moderation and be sure to include fresh, fiber-laden foods in your daily diet plan.

 

Dairy Foods - Do They Cause or Prevent Cancer?
Dairy Foods – Do They Cause or Prevent Cancer?