A large team of researchers, with members primarily from Germany, has found evidence that implicates high fat diets as a cause of bowel cancer due to a link with gut bacteria. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the results of research they conducted using mice that have a gene associated with the onset of bowel cancer.
Medical scientist have known for some time that there is a link between high fat diets and various cancers of the bowels, but until now were not able to explain why such a connection exists. Some have suggested that it’s tied to obesity, or other side-effects that occur when a person eats a diet high in fat. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence that exonerates obesity and instead implicates gut bacteria.
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