Yoghurt consumption protects against colorectal cancer

YOGHURT consumption may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), a study suggests.

Italian researchers prospectively assessed diet and other lifestyle factors among more than 45,000 people, among whom there were 289 cases of CRC after 12 years of follow-up.

Daily yoghurt intake ranged from zero to 85 g for men and 98 g for women. The study found a high yoghurt intake was significantly associated with decreased CRC risk (HR 0.65), particularly in men. 

Yoghurt may have an “anti-inflammatory effect on colon mucosa”, the researchers suggested.

Int J Cancer 2011, online 23 May