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Hello Loyal Soup People! Every day I read about another reason to avoid the “Western Diet” (heavy in processed foods, sugar, and red meat) and focus on the foods in the “Mediterranean Diet.” Researchers at Harvard University just published the results of a study in JAMA Oncology that connect diets that promote chronic inflammation (i.e. the “Western Diet”) with higher rates of colorectal cancer.

Participants in the study who ate inflammatory promoting food – such as red and processed meats, soda, and simple carbohydrates like white bread – had higher rates of colorectal cancer over those who avoided these foods. The connection was alarming. Men had a 44% elevated risk, and women had a 22% higher risk. The study also noted that people who ate these types of food also consumed fewer vegetables.

Other studies have shown connections between diets that promote chronic inflammation and other diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. We can now add colorectal cancer to that list. In short – eating a traditional “Western Diet” is simply not a good idea. It actually is quite dangerous. Focusing on a diet that incorporates whole grains, plants, and natural foods can quite literally save your life!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!