One in six men will deal with prostate cancer in his life, so it’s important for guys to keep their prostate health at the forefront of their minds. Unfortunately, you may not realize that your prostate health is being negatively affected by the foods you’re eating. In this article, learn which foods you should be avoiding to maintain good prostate health.
While many restaurants and companies have pledged to take trans fats off their menus and out of their products, these processed vegetable fats are still present in many pre-packaged foods, especially those containing hydrogenated oils. Make sure you read your labels carefully, since a 2004 study found a strong correlation between diets high in trans fats and a high risk of developing prostate cancer.
Diets that contain a lot of saturated fat can increase the levels of testosterone in your body. While that may help you build muscle mass, it also builds prostate mass. This can cause prostate enlargement, as well as an increased risk of cancer.
Fries and Chips
The fat in fried food certainly isn’t good for you, but fried potatoes are especially bad. An amino acid found in large amounts in potatoes, called asparagines, is converted to acrylamide during the frying process. Animal studies have indicated that this compound is a likely carcinogen.
It’s not so much the dairy itself as the calcium. Researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute found that high calcium intake, whether through dairy or supplements, is linked to a heightened risk for aggressive prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is more common in men who eat large amounts of red meat than those who stick to leaner protein or a vegetarian diet. In fact, doctors recommend avoiding red meat, especially, for men who currently have or have had prostate issues in the past.
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