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4 Foods Your Prostate Does NOT Want You to Eat

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  • Foods to avoid for prostate health

    Foods to avoid for prostate health

    Step away from the beef, boys. A burger dripping with cheese can be oh-so-delicious, but it’s not doing your prostate any favors. The University of California at San Francisco Medical Center suggests that a diet low in saturated fat, limited in simple sugars, high in fiber, along with high intakes of fruits and vegetables, may help prevent prostate cancer development or progression.

    Click through the slideshow to see which junky foods to cut back on, or better yet, eliminate.

  • Red meat and processed meat

    Red meat and processed meat

    According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a diet high in meat, particularly if it’s well-done, may be associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. This may be due to heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These are carcinogens found in cooked meat that have been implicated in the development of several cancers.

    HCAs are compounds formed during high temperature cooking such as broiling or grilling. The World Health Organization suggests that both red and processed meats may be associated with increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Examples include:

    • beef
    • pork
    • lunch meats
    • hot dogs
    • sausage
  • Dairy and calcium

    Dairy and calcium

    Consuming large amounts of dairy products may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition, drinking whole milk increases the risk of progression to fatal prostate cancer. Skim and low-fat milks also increase the risk of low-grade stages of the disease. Try to limit dairy consumption. At the very least stick to heart-healthy fat-free and low-fat varieties. They can be healthier for your prostate.

  • Alcohol


    Large amounts of alcohol consumption may put you at higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Researchers, using data from more than 10,000 men participating in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, uncovered that heavy alcohol drinkers were twice as likely to be diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer as moderate drinkers. Heavy drinkers are defined as those who consume more than 3 drinks a day or more than 20 drinks a week.

  • Saturated fats

    Saturated fats

    Saturated fats have been linked to heart disease. But their association with prostate cancer is still a tentative one. The Urology Department at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine identifies saturated fat as a “possible risk factor” for prostate cancer.

    Saturated fats are found in:

    • meat
    • dairy products
    • salad dressings
    • baked goods
    • processed foods


    Try replacing the saturated fats in your diet with healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in such foods as:

    • fish
    • avocado
    • nuts
    • olive oil
    • seeds 
  • Check with your doctor

    Check with your doctor

    Consult your physician before making any dietary changes for prostate cancer treatment. Some foods may interact with certain drugs and therapies. Visit Healthline’s Prostate Cancer Topic Center for more information about:

    • prostate cancer prevention
    • prostate cancer treatment
    • dietary recommendations