Enjoy a little meat everyday? Well, you’ve just increased your chances of developing cancer by 18 per cent!

 

‘Do vegetarians and vegans live longer?’

This question has raised continuous debates for several years and may have finally been answered. The International Agency For Research on Cancer (IRAC) have released new studies indicating a positive correlation in cancer risk and consumption of processed and red meat.

Processed meat is now being recognised as a group 1 carcinogenic to humans and has shockingly been placed in the same category as Tobacco. Strong evidence from epidemiological results showed a development in colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer in exposed humans.

Experts have concluded that a 50 gram daily intake of processed meat can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by a staggering 18 per cent. This is due to the formation of various carcinogenic chemical such as N-nitroso during meat processing. Hormones, toxins and antibiotics are also found in animal-based products that have been associated with health problems. Although there was no direct link in red meat consumption and cancer, a positive correlation was identified thus categorising red meat as a group 2A carcinogenic agent.

An independent study from Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate red and processed meat were more likely to die from heart diseases and cancer as well as having a higher chance of being insulin resistant, this placing them at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Conversely, study participants with a diet high in nuts and plant-based food had a significantly lower risk of dying at a young age. This is no surprise as vegan products are cholesterol free and high in fibre and essential nutrients whilst meat, eggs and dairy products are high in cholesterol, saturated fats and calories.

If you’re looking to live longer and have a healthier life start by replacing your meat products with greens and seeds as studies have suggested that a vegetarian/vegan friendly diet can increase one’s life span by 9.5 and 6.1 years in men and women respectively. As for the carnivores, maybe it’s time to consider to #GoGreen! If you’re wondering where and how to start, I have attached a link below to a favourite vegan friendly food company that provide vegan recipes and products that will satisfy your appetite and indulge your sweet tooth with healthy, organic treats filled with antioxidants and vitamins. Enjoy!

http://www.sciencekitchen.co.uk/

 

 

Sources:

Brewer, A. Keith PhD, Cancer, Its Nature and a Proposed Treatment, 1997; Brewer Science Library.
www.PETA.com
www.WHO.com