How does diet affect my risk of stomach cancer?

Dr. Robynne K. Chutkan, MD

Nitrates and nitrites in smoked and preserved meats can form compounds called nitrosamines. Animal studies show that consuming large amounts of these substances over time can lead to cancer. In addition to avoiding large amounts of processed meats, maximizing your intake of fruits and vegetables that contain cancer-preventing phytonutrients is also a critical part of decreasing your risk for stomach cancer.

In this video, gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan discusses the foods that can cause this potentially deadly problem.

Dr. Neal D. Barnard, MD
Psychiatrist (Therapist)

Processed meats—think bacon and hot dogs—can up your risk of stomach cancer, but other foods can do the opposite, says nutrition expert Dr. Neal Barnard. What should you bring home instead of the bacon? Watch this video to find out.

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