A recent study said there is strong potential evidence that dairy products reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Milk and its products play an important role, along with foods rich in fiber and calcium, in avoiding this type of tumor.
The study was conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, and relied on a review of data from 15 previous studies that included data from 22,000 people.
The results, published by Hospital News, showed that there was an inverse relationship between cheese consumption and the risk of colorectal cancer, and that those who consumed cheese frequently had a 29% lower risk of developing this type of tumor.
The study found that eating 50 grams of cheese per day, or 200 grams of milk products (yoghurt) was associated with a 7% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
A diet that is low in milk and calcium, and high in alcohol or cigarettes, is a major contributor to colorectal cancer.
Researchers believe that calcium, vitamin D and the friendly bacteria in yogurt are the elements that reduce the risk of colon and rectal tumors growing, and that calcium is a key element in this prevention.