Vegetarian NRIs more prone to colon cancer

issuVegAccording to researchers from Cornell University who analysed frequencies of the gene variant with a vegetarian diet in 68 percent of Indians and 18 percent of Americans, a vegetarian diet led to a gene mutation that could make Indians more susceptible to inflammation, thus increasing their risk of heart disease and colon cancer.

By using reference data from the 1000 Genomes Project the researchers provided evolutionary evidence that the vegetarian diet over many generations may have driven the higher frequency of a mutation in the Indian population. The variation is also found in some African and East Asian populations that have historically favoured vegetarian diets.

The findings have appeared in the online edition of the journal Molecular Biology Evolution.