New studies indicate that eating like a caveman cuts bowel cancer risk by half. According to researchers, the paleo diet helps prevent this disease by limiting processed foods, such as bread, fries, pasta, pizza, and sugary desserts. This dietary plan also lowers the risk of obesity, which is contributing factor to the high bowel cancer rates.
Bowel cancer kills over 16,000 people in the U.K. every year. More than 54 percent of cases are preventable. Statistics indicate that one in 19 women and one in 14 men will be diagnosed with this condition during their lifetime. In the U.S., about 95,270 new cases are discovered annually. This year, bowel cancer is expected to cause over 49,190 deaths in America. Switching to the paleo diet can help prevent this illness and save millions of lives.
According to a recent study conducted on 2,000 men and women ages 30 to 74, the risk of bowel cancer was cut by 29 percent for women who embraced the paleo lifestyle, and by 26 percent for those following the Mediterranean diet. Bowel cancer rates have decreased by 51 percent for men on Paleo, and by 42 percent for those eating a Mediterranean-style diet. These findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The Paleo diet restricts junk food and heavily processed foods as well as grains, legumes, and sugar. These products are associated with an increased risk of obesity, digestive problems, constipation, and other risk factors for bowel cancer. According to its advocates, the paleo lifestyle is based on the promise that the healthiest diet is the one to which humans are genetically adapted. This eating plan promotes the consumption of grass-fed beef, poultry, wild fish, pastured eggs, roots, vegetables, and fruits. Game meat, plant-based oils, nuts, and seeds are allowed too.
Millions of people have switched to the paleo diet over the past few years. Famous athletes and Hollywood stars, such as Matthew McConaughey, Megan Fox, and Andrew Flintoff, are praising its benefits. Researchers claim that eating a Paleolithic-style diet can improve health and prevent heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and even cancer.
The health benefits of the paleo diet could be due to the fact that it bans everyday staples like rice, cereals, potatoes, and fast food. Its followers are encouraged to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, organic meats, and fatty fish. These foods support optimal health and boost immunity. High in protein, they enhance athletic performance and help maintain a normal weight. These factors combined lead to a lower risk of diseases and may increase lifespan.