Your prostate is a small gland that sits at the base of the bladder and surrounds the urethra. When your prostate is healthy and a normal size it is probably not at the forefront of your attention. However, when it is not in perfect health due to prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or prostatitis it can be the only thing you think about. Treat your prostate right by avoiding these 7 foods that your prostate hates.
Eating a lot of red and processed meats may increase your risk of prostate cancer. Studies show that men who eat the most red meat are 12% more likely to develop prostate cancer and 33% more likely to have advanced cancer than men who eat the least amount of red meat. What’s even worse is meat that is well-done, which contains cancer-causing compounds. A high intake of well-done meat may increase your risk for prostate cancer. Avoid cooking any meat at high temperatures and avoid “charred” meat at all costs.
Another danger found in meat that is not organic is synthetic hormones. About two-thirds of U.S. cattle receive both testosterone and estrogen. If you eat the meat, you could be consuming these hormones, which may promote prostate cancer.
If you suffer from prostatitis, spicy or acidic foods may be among the foods that your prostate hates because these foods can increase your pain and other symptoms. If you notice that acidic fruits, juices, or spicy foods like hot peppers make your symptoms worse, avoid these foods. If you do not suffer from prostatitis or have problems with spicy or acidic foods, feel free to indulge because tomatoes and foods like cayenne peppers are among several natural cancer-killers.
Remember though that while processed tomatoes are generally very good for prostate health (unless you are troubled by acidic foods) “canned” tomatoes pose a health risk due to the resin lining in aluminum cans. The lining contains a synthetic coating called bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, and due to the acidic nature of the tomatoes the BPA can leach into the tomatoes. This chemical is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer and hormonal and sexual problems in men. Look for BPA-free packaging such as glass.
French fries, doughnuts, and potato chips are many men’s favorite treats, but these foods are laden with unhealthy fats. Also, potatoes contain an amino acid called asparagine. When it heated to over than 248 degrees Fahrenheit (as in frying and baking) this amino acid can form acrylamide, which is a substance determined to be a probable human carcinogen based on studies in lab animals. Doughnuts and baked goods also have relatively high levels of acrylamide, which can increase your risk for prostate cancer.
Both wheat and gluten are known for worsening prostatitis symptoms. White bread, including pancakes, crackers, rolls, pasta, and low-fiber cereals are especially guilty of producing a state of inflammation in the body. Some experts are concerned about an additive to bread called potassium bromate, which is known to be toxic in human cells and causes cancer in animals. You might consider some of the reasons to go wheat free diet or try a gluten-free diet to improve your prostate health.
Soy sounds healthy, but most soy is not good for your prostate and male hormone regulation. About 90 to 95% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered to make soy protein isolate and to withstand the toxic pesticides sprayed on it. Avoid soy protein isolate, which is found in many products such as protein bars, fruit drinks, soups, sauces, cereals, supplements, and meal replacement shakes. Organic, fermented soy products are the soy to choose because they are the only soy products with health benefits and they are not exposed to heavy amounts of pesticide. Fermented soy products include soy sauce, fermented bean paste, miso, and tempeh. The unhealthy “unfermented” soy is also hidden behind names such as boullion, textured protein, lecithin, and natural flavor so avoid those.
Got prostate concerns? Might want to look at limiting your dairy consumption. The World Cancer Research Fund report suggests that consuming dairy products in large quantities may increase cell proliferation in the prostate, which can lead to prostate cancer.
According to other studies, the fat content in dairy also plays a role. Drinking whole milk has been found to increase the risk of progression to fatal prostate cancer, while fat-free and low-fat milks increase the risk of low-grade stages of the disease. Try to limit your dairy consumption. Choose fat-free or low-fat varieties when you do indulge, and only buy organic dairy if you can. Making these changes is healthier for your prostate.
A hormone found in meat and dairy products may also increase the risk of prostate cancer: insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). A team of researchers at University of Oxford reviewed 12 studies that included nearly 9,000 men. They discovered that men with high blood levels of IGF-1 were up to 40% more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who had low levels of the hormone.
Both sugar and artificial sweeteners are bad for your prostate. Sugar can exacerbate prostatitis, and some experts believe that sugar fuels cancer growth. Excess sugar consumption also leads to obesity and diabetes, which can cause BPH. But don’t just turn to artificial sweeteners to replace sugar. They are among the worst ingredients in processed foods. If you crave something sweet, eat some fresh fruit, which is more prostate friendly.
What you eat can greatly affect your prostate health. Try to focus less on what you cannot have and more on the best foods for prostate health. Seek guidance on food your prostate will love from some of the best diets for prostate health such as the Mediterranean diet and the diet of men in Japan. Men living in Japan and in countries that follow a Mediterranean diet (like Spain, Italy, and Greece) have significantly lower rates of prostate cancer than men in the U.S. Filling your plate with these kinds of foods will help you manage and prevent BPH, prostate cancer, and prostatitis. Love your prostate. Feed it well.
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