While no one knows all of the causes of cancer yet, several recent medical studies have proven that there is a link between eating too much fat and cancer. High-fat diets can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and cancer of the small intestine.
High-Fat Diets and Breast Cancer
In one study, researchers found that women who consumed 40 percent of their calories from fat had a 15 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer compared with women whose calories from fat were only 20 percent. In this particular study, it didn’t seem to make much of a difference whether the fats were saturated or monounsaturated. The results were the same for all kinds of fats, including fatty acids. The more fats women ate in their diet, the higher the risk they had of getting cancer.
Red Meat and Cancer
In other studies, saturated fat from red meat was proven to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, colon cancer and cancer of the small intestine. Red meat has also been proven to increase the risk of cancers of the stomach and esophagus. Red meat was already known for causing other diseases including heart disease, and new findings show that red meat is also linked to cancer.
Excess Body Fat and Cancer
The studies explained above only took into consideration the amount of fat in people’s diets. The body weights of the people who participated in the study were not considered. The study concluded that people who ate more fat of any kind in their diets developed an increased risk of cancer.
Other medical researchers believe that excessive body fat increases the risk of certain cancers even more than fat in one’s diet. High-fat diets can cause an increase in body fat, and excessive body fat is linked with cancer.
Animal Fats and Cancer
It is not clear why high fat diets can lead to cancer in some people. But it is clear that diets that are high in animal fats can increase your cancer risk. Perhaps animal fats are carcinogenic. Studies about how animal fats cause cancer are ongoing.
Limiting Your Fat Intake
To reduce your risk of cancer, obesity and other health problems, limit your fat intake to between 20 and 35 percent of your total calories. You will notice additional health benefits, as well as potential weight loss when you eat less fat in your diet.
Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will also help lower your risk of cancer because fruits and vegetables are low in fat and packed with antioxidants (that are proven cancer fighters).