In the past 10 years, there have been numerous studies on the health benefits of different diets. As people are becoming more aware of their food, they are making choices that support their ethical beliefs, as well as their health. The Vegetarianism in America study reported that approximately 7.3 million Americans follow the vegetarian-based diet, 1 million of which are vegan. There are 22.8 million people who follow a vegetarian-inclined diet. (1)
Research has shown that those who enjoy a plant based diet may be able to prevent type 2 diabetes, lower their blood pressure, reduce risk for heart disease and stroke, lose weight and even improve their vision.(2)
Vegetarian diet shown to prevent type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and reduce risk for heart disease and stroke!
For those who identify themselves at “meatatarians”, your choice of food may be harmful to your health. This past week, the World Health Organization deemed that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and lunch meat cause cancer. They also reported that beef, pork, veal, and lamb are “probably carcinogenic!”(3)
World Health Organization reports processed meats cause cancer and beef, pork, veal, and lamb are “probably carcinogenic!”
A group of 22 scientists found a strong association between eating red or processed meats and the risk of colorectal cancer. The conclusion of the study puts processed meats in the same category as tobacco!(3)
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that eating meat can provide some nutrition, but as with anything, the amount that you consume matters. The studies show that heavy meat eaters have the highest risk of cancer. They also reported that the methods of cooking matter as well. If you enjoy grilling, the more meat comes in contract with direct flames, the more carcinogenic compounds your meat could have.(3)
Eating just 3.5 ounces of red or processed meat per day increases risk of colorectal cancer by 16 percent, and 1.8 ounces of processed meat per day increases risk by 18 percent!
The IARC reports a 16 percent increased risk of colorectal cancer associated with eating just 3.5 ounces of red or processed meat per day. They reported that eating 1.8 ounces of processed meat can increase your risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent!(3)
If you find yourself eating red or processed meat on a daily or regular basis, consider making more of an effort to increase plant based proteins. You may not be able to comprehend how good you will feel until you make the steps to eat a healthy diet!