This common snack could help you avoid lung cancer, study says

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While doctors have not found a cure for lung cancer, there are a few foods you can eat to help lower your risk, according to a new report.

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Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Oncology, to explore the benefits of diets with high fiber.

To do so, they examined a study that involved about 1.4 million adults in the United States, Europe and Asia. The subjects were divided into five groups based on the amount of fiber and yogurt they consumed.

After analyzing the results, they found the group with the highest fiber and yogurt intake had a 33% reduced lung cancer risk, compared to those who didn’t eat yogurt and consumed the least amount of fiber.

"Our study provides strong evidence supporting the U.S. 2015-2020 Dietary Guideline recommending a high fiber and yogurt diet," senior author Xiao-Ou Shu said in a statement. "This inverse association was robust, consistently seen across current, past and never smokers, as well as men, women and individuals with different backgrounds."

The scientists believe fiber and yogurt help lower lung disease risk due to its prebiotic and probiotic properties. They said those properties help restore the natural balance of bacteria in the body, which improves gut health and other health conditions.

Want to learn more about the findings? Take a look at the full assessment here

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