Meat and animal products increase cancer risk

Meat and animal products increase cancer risk

Red meat, white meat, and even eggs are trouble when people try to improve their diets, their first step is often to reduce or eliminate red meat. That's a reasonable choice, but it does not go far enough. Though red meat and the fat it contains are heavily implicated in the development of cancer, animal products in general are hefty contributors. Whether it came from a cow, pig, chicken, turkey, lamb, or fish, meat harbors many substances that may support the growth of cancer. The Adventist Health Study showed that white meats add to cancer risk even when eaten only once a week. According to the researchers, these findings "suggest" the presence of factors in all meats that contribute to colon carcinogenesis." As we've seen, grilled chicken is even higher than beef in its concentration of carcinogenic HCAs (Heterocyclic Amines).

Like meat, eggs are high in fat and protein, but devoid of healthy complex carbohydrates and fiber. Considering their similarities in nutritional content, it comes as little surprise that meat and eggs have similar effects. Evidence of this comes from the Adventist Health Study and from research done in Canada, Australia, Belgium, and Spain. An Argentinean study found that people eating just one and a half eggs per week had more than four times the risk of colon cancer, compared to those who ate eggs less than once a month. You may not be eating scrambled eggs for breakfast each morning, but look at the ingredient labels on the breads, frozen foods, and snacks you consume. Yu may be eating more eggs each week than you ever imagined. A simple switch to healthier, vegan brands of common foods will put you on the right track. Eggs are the top contributor of cholesterol in our diets. Although we generally associate cholesterol with heart disease, dietary cholesterol has possible links to ovarian, lung, pancreatic, and colon cancers as well.

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

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