The association of dietary animal and plant protein with putative risk markers of colorectal cancer in overweight pre-diabetic individuals during a weight-reducing programme: A PREVIEW sub-study

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Grith Møller, Jens Rikardt Andersen, Elli Jalo, Christian Ritz, J Brand-Miller, Thomas Meinert Larsen, Marta P Silvestre, M Fogelholm, Sally D Poppitt, Anne Raben, Lars Ove Dragsted

Purpose: Diets with increased protein content are popular strategies for body weight regulation, but the effect of such diets for the colonic luminal environment is unclear. We aimed to investigate the associations between putative colorectal cancerrelated markers and total protein intake, plant and animal proteins, and protein from red and processed meat in pre-diabetic
adults (> 25 years).

Methods: Analyses were based on clinical and dietary assessments at baseline and after 1 year of intervention. Protein intake was assessed from 4-day dietary records. Putative colorectal cancer-related markers identified from 24-h faecal samples collected over three consecutive days were: concentration of short-chain fatty acids, phenols, ammonia, and pH.

Results: In total, 79 participants were included in the analyses. We found a positive association between change in total protein intake (slope: 74.72 ± 28.84 μmol per g faeces/E%, p = 0.01), including animal protein intake (slope: 87.63 ± 32.04 μmol per g faeces/E%, p = 0.009), and change in faecal ammonia concentration. For change in ammonia, there was a dose–response trend from the most negative (lowest tertile) to the most positive (highest tertile) association (p = 0.01): in the high tertile, a change in intake of red meat was positively associated with an increase in ammonia excretion (slope: 2.0 ± 0.5 μmol per g
faeces/g/day, p < 0.001), whereas no such association was found in the low and medium tertile groups.

Conclusion: Increases in total and animal protein intakes were associated with higher excretion of ammonia in faeces after 1 year in overweight pre-diabetic adults undertaking a weight-loss intervention. An increase in total or relative protein intake, or in the ratio of animal to plant protein, was not associated with an increase in faeces of any of the other putative colorectal cancer risk markers.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01777893.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Nutrition
ISSN1436-6207
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 May 2019

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