Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Colon Polyps

What type of eating plan is best to prevent colon polyps?

Research suggests that making the following changes may have health benefits and may lower your chances of developing colon polyps:

Shopper handing a bunch of broccoli to the checkout clerk at a grocery store
Eating more fruits, vegetables, and other foods with fiber may lower your chances of developing colon polyps.

Foods to limit

Research suggests that eating less of the following foods may have health benefits and may lower your chances of developing polyps:

  • fatty foods, such as fried foods
  • red meat, such as beef and pork
  • processed meat, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and lunch meats
September 2017
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