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Published on May 03, 2013

Put Down That French Fry! The Link Between Deep-Fried Food and Prostate Cancer

Deep-fried food is so crispy, so tasty… and so bad for you. You probably know that, but you might not know just how dangerous a steady diet of fried food can be. Well, it’s bad.

A recent study revealed that men ages 35 to 75 that ate deep-fried food at least once a week or more (which is considered the highest level of consumption) had a 30-37 percent higher risk of prostate cancer than those who ate less fried food. And that number reflects the risk when other factors of cancer have been accounted for, such as family history and Body Mass Index.

Although doctors didn’t research exactly why and how fried food increases prostate cancer risk, they believe it’s due to carcinogenic compounds that form when food is prepared at high temperatures, as it is in deep-frying. And when the oil involved in frying is used over and over again, these harmful compounds only continue to grow. Those compounds include aldehyde and acrolein, which are more commonly known for being among the ingredients in perfume and herbicides! Not exactly what you want to be consuming. Other deep-fried carcinogens include acrylamide, found in carb-heavy foods like French fries; and heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, found in meat that’s been cooked in high temperatures.

And if you think you’re safe with pan-fried meat, think again. Another recent study found that men were at a 30 percent higher risk of advanced prostate cancer when they regularly consumed meat prepared this way.

Here’s a healthy food guide to help you cut out on some of these dangerous fried foods. In addition to reducing your risk of prostate cancer, you can also better manage your weight and reduce your chances of other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

  • Stick to a low-fat diet: Foods that are high in fat include meat, nuts, oils, and dairy products. Limit these fatty foods by choosing lean meats and low-fat options, such as 2% cheese and yogurt. Healthy fats can found in nuts and olive oils, but portion control will be key. Also, be sure to swap out butter for olive oil when cooking!
  • Eat more fruits and veggies: They’re full of great vitamins and nutrients, and make the perfect mid-day snack or side to your healthy breakfast or lunch. Find produce that’s high in fiber, such as bananas and apples, to help you feel fuller, longer. 
  • Eat fish: Omega-3 fats are the kind you want a lot of, and fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and trout happen to have a ton of it. Incorporate fish into your weekly diet, and you’ll get a ton of great health benefits, including lowering your risk of prostate cancer.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight and exercise frequently: Obesity has been linked to increased risk of prostate cancer, and exercise can help you either lose weight or maintain it. Becoming more active is a great way to improve your overall health. 

For more information about Crozer-Keystone Health System Cancer Services, visit http://ckcancer.crozerkeystone.org. You can also call 1-866-695-HOPE (4673) to request an appointment with a physician who cares for cancer patients.

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