by Internet Medical Society
It is needless to say that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fibers, and whole grains is essential to maintain a good health and keep a majority of diseases at bay. However, when it comes to men’s health, there are certain foods that must specifically be avoided to keep the health in great spirit.
Prostate enlargement and prostate cancer are the two malignancies that mostly manifest themselves in men in their 50s. While prostate enlargement is common among elderly males, prostate cancer is not that prevalent.
Prostate cancer may prove physically, mentally, and financially taxing once it manifests itself. Therefore, men in their 50s and 60s should do everything that they can do to reduce their risk of the disease.
Even though it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of prostate cancer, men can take the first step towards a healthy prostate by avoiding foods that are known to affect it negatively. Research shows that there are certain foods that may increase the risk of prostate cancer if consumed in excess.
The following are the top 5 foods that men must avoid to keep their prostate healthy and prevent it from cancer:
#1: Dairy Products
Calcium derived from dairy products is essential for the health of the bones and muscles. However, an excess consumption of dairy products may prove harmful to the health of the prostate gland. A Harvard School of Public Health study conducted back in 2001 discovered a link between excessive calcium consumption to an increased risk of prostate cancer.
The study discovered that men who consumed more than 600mcg of calcium every day were 32 percent more likely to get prostate cancer. Another European study discovered a definite link between increased consumption of protein and calcium from dairy to an escalated risk of prostate cancer.
It is believed that high-fat dairy increases the levels of estrogen in the prostate fluid. An increased amount of estrogen in men has long been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Men are advised to stick to low-fat or organic dairy for their daily needs.
#2: Barbecued or Grilled Meat/Red Meat
An increased intake of barbecued and grilled meat, nonorganic red meat, or any form of processed meat may harm the prostate in an irreversible manner. Processed meats, including nonorganic red meat, are derived from animals that are administered growth hormones and antibiotics.
Processed meats also contain chemical dyes, synthetic flavorings, and sodium nitrite and all of them have been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Nonorganic red meat comes from animals exposed to estrogen and testosterone. It is believed that the residues from these hormones trigger the development of prostate cancer. Cows raised inorganically contain Insulin-like grown factor (IGF-1), which again promotes prostate cancer development.
A study conducted by the researchers from the University of California, on the other hand, discovered that those with excessive consumption of barbecued or grilled meat are twice likely to get prostate cancer. This is especially true about well-done beef.
#3: Canned Products
Products inside aluminium cans are likely to get affected by bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic chemical. BPA is a synthetic derivative of estrogen that may seep from the can into the food item, especially if it is an acidic product. Canned tomatoes are one such example.
Men should avoid eating canned tomatoes or for that matter, any other canned product as an exposure to BPA has been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. They should eat fresh food and if packaged food must be purchased, they should switch to carton or glass packaging.
Soy may sound healthy but it is important to know from where your soy is coming from and how natural it is. You will be shocked to realize that a majority of soy made available to the consumers today is genetically engineered to keep them unfermented. Genetic engineering helps prepare soy protein isolate, which can withstand an exposure to high levels of herbicides.
Such products may come under the name of “natural flavored” and “textured protein.” An excessive consumption of unfermented soy is linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer among other health problems in men. Thyroid, loss of mental ability, and heart disease are a few other problems linked to genetically engineered soy.
#5: Microwave Popcorns
Microwave popcorn is easy to use and prove convenient when you just want to grab something low-calorie to eat. However, the microwave bag is lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is a chemical that can potentially get into popcorns as your microwave them.
Severe studies conducted in the past have linked an exposure to PFOA with a disrupted endocrine system and sex hormone balance in males. It can lead to severe health problems such as testicular and prostate cancer, infertility, and high cholesterol levels.