A recent study conducted at Vanderbilt University has revealed that a diet rich in fiber and yogurt is associated with a decreased risk of developing lung cancer.
While the benefits of such a diet have already been established for cardiovascular health and gastrointestinal cancer, this research suggests that it may also offer protection against lung cancer.
The study analyzed data from multiple studies involving 1.4 million adults across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Participants were categorized into five groups based on their consumption of fiber and yogurt.
Those with the highest intake of yogurt and fiber showed a 33% reduction in the risk of developing lung cancer compared to the group with the lowest consumption of yogurt and fiber.
observed inverse association between a high fiber and yogurt diet and lung cancer risk remained consistent across various factors, including smoking status (current, past, and never smokers), gender, and different backgrounds.
This suggests that the health benefits extend to a wide range of individuals.
The researchers propose that the beneficial effects of a high-fiber and yogurt diet may be attributed to these foods’ prebiotic and probiotic properties.
Prebiotics are non-digestible substances that promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines, while probiotics are live bacteria that provide health benefits when consumed.
These properties may independently or synergistically modulate the gut microbiota in a favorable way, leading to reduced lung cancer risk.
The findings of this study align with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend a diet high in fiber and include yogurt as part of a healthy eating pattern.
This research provides strong evidence supporting the potential lung cancer-preventive effects of following these dietary guidelines.
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The study conducted by Xiao-Ou Shu and colleagues at Vanderbilt University demonstrates that a diet rich in fiber and yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of developing lung cancer.
The beneficial effects may be attributed to the prebiotic and probiotic properties of these foods, which can modulate the gut microbiota in a favorable way.
The findings support existing dietary guidelines and emphasize the importance of adopting a high-fiber and yogurt diet for lung cancer prevention.
The study was published in the journal JAMA Oncology.
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