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Low-carb diet cancer warning

19th June 2007

Scientists have claimed that low-carbohydrate diets may increase the risk of people suffering bowel cancer.

Researchers from Aberdeen’s Rowett Research Institute have highlighted a link between eating less carbohydrate and reducing cancer-fighting bacteria. For the study, 19 overweight men were given three diets which each contained varying levels of carbohydrate.

The researchers said they had discovered a link between the amount of carbohydrate consumed and the production of a fatty acid in the gut – called butyrate - that protects against colorectal cancer.

 

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