Study links meat, saturated fat and refined carbs to lymphoma

Study links meat, saturated fat and refined carbs to lymphoma

Researchers at Yale School of Public Health have shown that people with a high intake of saturated fat, or of animal protein have a higher risk of lymphoma, whereas this who eat high levels of whole carbs and fibre have a lowered risk.

Tongzhang Zheng, Head of Environmental Sciences and his team compared 601 women with the disease to 717 women who were healthy. Where people ate high levels of fibrous foods such as vegetables, fruits and grains, nuts and seeds they had a reduced risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (1).

Chris Woollams, a former Oxford University Biochemist and a founder of CANCERactive said, Welcome to the Rainbow Diet! Women who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet across the World over a 15 year period were free of 11 chronic illnesses in another study; and 40% more likely to live to 70 years of age. As Cecelia Samieri of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who led this second study said, women who had a greater quality of diet in mid-life, had a increased good health and well-being in later life.

It’s not rocket science!

A second study (2), this time from the Northern California Cancer Center, compared 591 people with NHL against 460 healthy people and found that eating fish and marine fats (fish oil supplements) was associated with a lower risk of NHL. They confirmed that high fibre intake reduced risk and noted that increased intake of beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E was also associated with a lowered risk. 

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1. American Journal of Epidemiology, (March 1, 2004; Volume 159, Issue 5 454-466)

2. E.T. Chang, K.M. Bälter, A. Torrång, K. Ekström Smedby, M. Melbye, C. Sundström, B. Glimelius and H-O. Adami. Nutrient Intake and Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma; American Journal of Epidemiology. Dec 2006; Volume 164, Issue 12, Pages 1222-1232; doi:10.1093/aje/kwj330


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