Study Shows Whole Grain Consumption Lowers Risk of Lung Cancer

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Apr 02, 2021
ARLILNGTON, VA -- New research suggests that dietary carbohydrates and fiber may potentially protect against lung cancer.  The study, Role of Dietary Carbohydrates on Risk of Lung Cancer,  was conducted by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and concluded that carbohydrates and fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are associated with lower lung cancer risk in both sexes.  

Researchers analyzed data from 113,000 participants and found that dietary carbohydrates and glycemic load were inversely associated with lung cancer incidence; those who consumed 30g of daily dietary fiber had lower risks of lung cancer.  Additionally, those who consumed 2.3 servings a day of whole grains as opposed to those who consumed .3 servings a day were associated with a statistically significant lower risk of lung cancer.  Researchers found a higher risk of lung cancer for people who had high consumption levels of high-GI (glycemic index) foods and refined carbohydrates from soda drinks.

“Diet is one lifestyle factor that, if properly modified, has shown its ability to influence cancer risk,” said Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of domestic promotion.  “According to these conclusions, a simple change in diet to include more whole grains like brown rice can make a long-lasting difference in your overall health and proactively lower the risk of lung cancer.”

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