Need Motivation to Eat Less Meat and More Plants? Part 4 of 12
Do certain diets prevent cancer? Today, good stats on health implications of eating meat:
Risk of colon cancer for women who eat red meat daily, versus those who eat it less than once a month: 250 percent greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat red meat once a week compared to those who abstain: 38 percent greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat poultry once a week compared to those who abstain: 55 percent greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat poultry four times a week compared to those who abstain: 200-300 percent greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat beans, peas, or lentils at least twice a week compared to people who avoid these foods: 50 percent lower
Impact on risk of lung cancer for people who frequently eat green, orange, and yellow vegetables: 20-60 percent reduction
Impact on risk of lung cancer among people who consume a lot of apples, bananas, and grapes: 40 percent reduction
Rate of lung cancer in British vegetarian men compared to the general British population: 27 percent
Rate of lung cancer in German vegetarian men compared to the general German population: 8 percent
Dr. Diane Courtney is head of EPA’s Toxic Effect Branch and told Congress, “Dioxin is by far the most toxic chemical known to mankind.” The EPA says that up to 95 percent of human dioxin exposure comes from red meat, fish, and dairy products.
The American Institute for Cancer Research, and the World Cancer Research Fund, analyzed more than 4,500 studies and said that 60 to 70 percent of all cancers can be prevented by staying physically active, not smoking, and adhering to the following diet: “Choose predominantly plant based diets rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, legumes, and minimally processed starchy staple foods.”
Tell me: you gonna have a slab of steak for dinner tonight? Or, will you choose a diet that will help you prevent disease?