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Unhealthy eating is known to be a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as cancer.  A recent study supports this fact when it linked fried foods to increased risk for prostate cancer.

The participants of the study were:

  1. 1500 men diagnosed with prostate cancer
  2. 1500 without prostate cancer

For the study, the  men provided details of their eating habits

Researchers found that the men who reported eating fried foods at least once per week were 30-37% more likely to develop the disease than men who ate them less than once per month.

The fried foods in the study were:

  • French fries
  • Fried chicken
  • Fried fish
  • Doughnuts

For a healthy eating pattern, it is advised that fried foods be limited or not eaten at all, the fat content is  too high. When it becomes part of a regular eating habit there is a risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Experts of the study believe that it may be due to the high temperature used to heat the oil.

A certain amount of fat is necessary in a healthy diet, but the type is as important as the amount . Unsaturated fat is recommended, unsaturated fat is to be limited and trans fat must be avoided.

It is easy to control the amount of fat in the diet and to omit others when we prepare our food at home.

Click here for a simple guide to what our diet should consist of.