Whole Plant Foods and Colon Cancer Risk

Emma M. Brown*, Ian Rowland, Nigel G. Ternan, Philip Allsopp, Geoff McMullan, Chris I R Gill

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The etiology of colorectal cancer (CRC), a common cause of cancer-related mortality globally, has strong associations with diet. There is considerable epidemiological evidence that fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals are associated with reduced risk of CRC. There is also extensive evidence that fruit and vegetable consumption can modulate biomarkers of DNA damage from in vitro studies and animal models and that these effects may be potentially chemoprotective, given the likely role that oxidative damage plays in mutation rate and cancer risk. Furthermore it is clear that the ability to establish an individual's gut microbiota and polyphenol metabolizing phenotype will become increasingly relevant when trying to understand the impact of whole foods on cancer risk in the individual. In this chapter we review the evidence for effects of whole foods on cancer risk in humans with a focus on cereals, brassica, and berry fruits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiet-Microbe Interactions in the Gut: Effects on Human Health and Disease
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780124079410
ISBN (Print)9780124078253
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Berries
  • Brassica
  • Cereal
  • Colon cancer
  • Fruits and vegetables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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