Steer Clear of These Four Foods Possibly Harmful to Prostate Health

By Dr. David Samadi 

Prostate health should be a priority for men, given that one in six will face prostate cancer in their lifetime. While there’s no guarantee that diet alone can prevent prostate cancer, making wise dietary choices can tilt the odds in one’s favor by steering clear of certain foods that may negatively impact prostate health.

Here are four types of foods that have been suggested to have a potential link to prostate cancer when consumed in excess:

High-Fat Red Meat and Processed Meat

Various studies have found that fatty cuts of red and processed meats could increase the risk of prostate cancer. Examples include fatty beef, pork, lunch meats, hot dogs, and sausages. Cooking meat at high temperatures (grilling), can lead to the formation of carcinogens like heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which have been associated with various types of cancers. 

Alternative Options:

  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Lean cuts of red meat (choose cuts stating loin or round)
  • Fresh or canned fish like tuna, salmon, or sardines
  • Beans and legumes including lentils, chickpeas, and kidney beans
  • Nuts and nut butters


Excessive alcohol consumption has an association with a higher risk of advanced prostate cancer. Research from the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial revealed that heavy drinkers faced twice the risk compared to moderate drinkers. Heavy drinking is indulging in more than three drinks per day or over 20 drinks per week. 

Healthier Choices:

  • Water or sparkling water with fresh fruit juice
  • Non-alcoholic beers or wine
  • Sparkling juice
  • Tea or coffee

Saturated and Trans Fats

These fats, commonly found in red meat, high-fat dairy products, baked goods, and processed foods, have been linked to heart disease and may also contribute to prostate cancer risk. While not all studies confirm this association, reducing intake is advisable for overall health. 

Healthier Alternatives:

  • Fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Seeds

Sugary Foods and Refined Carbohydrates

Cancer cells thrive on sugar, so reducing intake of sugary foods and beverages is prudent. Refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and products made with white flour, lack fiber and essential nutrients, potentially increasing prostate cancer risk. 

Better Choices:

  • Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains like 100% whole wheat bread and brown rice

Takeaway message

By making mindful dietary choices and incorporating healthier alternatives, men can take proactive steps that supports their prostate health and helps reduce their risk of prostate cancer. Remember, a colorful and balanced diet is key to overall well-being.


Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.  Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911. 

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