adversely affects health in multiple ways. With unhealthy snacking, the chances
of falling prey to colorectal cancer increase manifold, especially if you are
genetically susceptible to the cancer. The harmful ingredients and
preservatives present in snacks can damage your digestive tract.
Recently, a study
revealed that individuals suffering from the Lynch syndrome should avoid
consuming unhealthy snacks at every cost. Lynch syndrome is a
genetic condition characterized by high chances of suffering from endometrial,
colorectal and other carcinomas.
In Lynch syndrome, the
genes capable of repairing DNA inside cells become defunct. It is a genetically
transmitted disorder and therefore people at all age are at the risk of being
The scientists at the
Wageningen University in the Netherlands enrolled 486 people with Lynch
syndrome. The volunteers were asked to fill a questionnaire containing
questions pertaining to dietary consumption of about 183 food articles such as
fast food, chips and sweets. The study was published in the journal, Cancer
The volunteers were
divided in to two groups- the lowest unhealthy snacking group and the highest
unhealthy snacking group.
After a follow up of
20 months, around 58 patients were diagnosed with colorectal polyp and 13 of
them were in an advanced stage.
discovered that those who consumed more unhealthy food had greater probability
of developing colorectal cancer as compared to those who took less unhealthy
Akke Botma, from the
Wageningen University in Netherlands, mentioned, "We saw that Lynch syndrome
patients who had an eating pattern with higher intakes of snack foods — like
fast-food snacks, chips or fried snacks — were twice as likely to develop these
polyps as Lynch syndrome patients having a pattern with lower intakes of snack
Mr. Botma further
said, "Unfortunately, this does not mean that eating a diet low in snack foods
will prevent any polyps from developing, but it might mean that those Lynch
syndrome patients who eat a lot of snack foods might have more polyps than if
they ate less snack foods."