Besides contributing to weight gain in adults, energy dense foods such as hamburgers and pizza may also increase risk of cancer, suggests new research.
According to a Study:
- The researchers wanted to find out how the ratio of energy to food weight, otherwise known as dietary energy density (DED).
- In addition, contributes to cancer risk.
- They looked at DED in the diets of post-menopausal women.
- The findings showed that consuming energy dense foods was tied to a 10% increase in obesity-related cancer among normal weight women.
- The demonstrated effect in normal-weight women in relation to risk for obesity-related cancers is novel,” explained lead investigator.
- “This finding suggests that weight management alone may not protect against obesity-related cancers should women favour a diet pattern indicative of high energy density,” expert said.
Dietary energy density:
- Dietary energy density is a measure of food quality and the relationship of calories to nutrients.
- The more calories per gram of weight a food has, the higher its DED.
- Whole foods, including vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and beans are considered low in energy density.
- Because they provide a lot of nutrients using very few calories.
- Processed foods, like hamburgers and pizza, are consider high in energy density.
- In addition, because you need a larger amount to get necessary nutrients.
- In order to gain a better understanding of how DED alone relates to cancer risk.
- Researchers used data on 90,000 postmenopausal women including their diet and any diagnosis of cancer.
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- The researchers believe that the higher dietary energy density foods in normal-weight women.
- Furthermore, may cause metabolic dysregulation that is independent of body weight, which is a variable known to increase cancer risk.
- While further study is needed to understand how dietary energy density.
- May play a role in cancer risk for other populations such as young people and men.
- This information may help persuade postmenopausal women to choose low energy dense foods.
- Furthermore,even if they are already at a healthy body mass index.