A simple problem

A little tip for all of you men: Stop eating simple carbs.

They’ll wreak havoc on your blood sugar. They’ll make you fat. And a new study shows that they pave the way to prostate cancer, too.

Swedish researchers recently analyzed the eating habits of 8,128 men from the Malmö Diet and Cancer cohort. All the men were between 45 and 73 years old. And none had cancer, heart disease, or diabetes at the start of the study.

After 15 years, 817 of these men had received prostate cancer diagnoses. And a closer look at their diets suggested that carbohydrate intake could be a big part of the problem.

But not just any carbohydrates. Researchers specifically noted a correlation between elevated prostate cancer risk and higher consumption of refined carbohydrates or “white foods.” Think low-fiber cereals, cakes, biscuits, rice, and pasta.

High intake of sugar-sweetened beverages–ahem, soda–was also associated with increased risk of prostate cancer, too.

Naturally. Or unnaturally, as the case may be.

Fortunately, the solution to this problem is easy. If your food has seen the inside of a factory, chances are good that it isn’t really food.

So don’t eat it. Simple as that.

“Dietary intakes of carbohydrates in relation to prostate cancer risk: a prospective study in the Malmö Diet and Cancer cohort.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Dec;96(6):1409-18. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.039438. Epub 2012 Nov 7.