Meat consumption linked to cancer

Meat consumption linked to cancer

What's the matter with meat? With every bite of meat you take, whether chicken, beef, turkey, or fish, you're getting more fat than you'll ever need or want. These highly saturated animal fats wreak havoc from head to toe, adding weight, disrupting your hormones, and escorting carcinogens into your body. And if you thought that cooking helped, there are more frightening surprises in store: heating meat unleashes a whole new batch of cancer-promoting substances. Fat, fat, and more fat The next time you think of animal products, think fat and cholesterol. To see why, look at the following table. As you'll see, both animal products and plant foods provide plenty of protein. The difference is that, in plant foods, the protein comes with much less fat and no cholesterol at all-- the combination you're looking for in a cancer-prevention diet. Fat and hormones the worst feature of the load of fat in meats may not be its ability to raise your cholesterol. It also increases the amount of certain hormones in your bloodstream--hormones that are linked to cancer. Let's take a minute to understand how this works, starting with breast cancer. Estrogens are normal and essential hormones for both women and men. However, when there is too much estrogen in your blood, it can drive the rampant cell division that occurs in cancer. Many breast cancers are fueled by estrogen. And this is where diet plays a key role: the amount of estrogen in your body is linked to the amount of fat in your diet.

If your diet is high in animal products and other fatty foods, your estrogen level is likely to be higher, too. When you adapt a plant-based diet that is lower in fat, your estrogen is likely to come down to a safe level, where cancer cells area less likely to grow. Most people are not aware of it, but it's vitally important for cancer prevention: when there is too much fat in your diet--whether from chicken, fish, burgers, or cooking oils—estrogen levels tend to rise.

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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