A new study at Washington University, Missouri shows that men who ate two or more 245g yoghurt servings every week were 19% less likely to develop a benign tumour, (adenoma) than those who ate none. The study also found men were also 26% less likely to develop bowel tumours that were at a high risk of becoming cancerous and were at a reduced risk of having large growths.
Researcher Dr Yin Cao, from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, said: “Our data provide novel evidence for the role of yoghurt in early stage of colorectal cancer development and the potential of gut bacteria in modulating this process.
“The findings, if confirmed by future studies, suggest that yoghurt might serve as a widely acceptable modifiable factor, which could complement colorectal cancer screening and/or reduce risk of adenoma among the unscreened.”
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