London: Scottish scientists have linked consumption of high-energy snacks and drinks to bowel cancer. Dietary habits of more than 2,000 patients diagnosed with bowel cancer were studied and compared to the food and drink intake of a similar sized healthy population.

The scientists from Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities found a statistical link between bowel cancer patients and consumption of high energy snack foods, that covered a variety of food rich in fat and sugar content, like crisps, biscuits, cakes, chocolates, nuts and sweets while the sugar-sweetened drinks included fizzy and fruit drinks, a website reported.

Lead author Evropi Theodoratou, of Edinburgh University's School of Molecular Genetics and Population Health Science, said that her team found the chances of acquiring colorectal cancer were 18 percent more if the person's diet was rich in high energy snacks and sugar sweetened beverages.

The study has been published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention.

(Agencies)

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