TUFTS UNIVERSITY: HIGH TRANS FAT CONSUMPTION LINKED TO COLON POLYPS

By now, we’re aware of the correlation of the intake of trans fats and the risk of heart disease. If anyone needs another reason to limit or eliminate trans fats, here it is:

Persons who eat large amounts of trans fats have a much higher incidence of precancerous growths/polyps in their colons and rectums.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina studied records of 622 people who’d had colonoscopies in 2001 and 2002.  The researchers interviewed the participants relative to their diet and exercise within 12 weeks of the colonoscopy,

The group that averaged 6.5 grams of trans fats daily was 86% more likely to have to have precancerous colon polyps than those who daily consumed an average of 3.6 grams.

from Tufts University Health & Nutrition Newsletter,  November, 2008     Study by University of North Carolina, published in American Journal of Epidemiology, August 2008

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