According to the World Health Organization, up to 40 percent of all cancers are preventable, and the American Cancer Society reports that one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States can be attributed to nutritional factors.A vegan diet maximizes the intake of foods that help us fight cancer—fiber-packed grains and beans and phytochemical-packed fruits and vegetables—and eliminates the foods that promote cancer. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, this means that vegetarians "are about 40 percent less likely to get cancer than nonvegetarians, regardless of other risks such as smoking, body size, and socioeconomic status." A vast array of studies from top universities and independent researchers has found that eating the flesh of chickens, cows, and other animals promotes cancer. Here are a few:
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, arguably the foremost epidemiological researcher alive today, believes that animal proteins are the prime carcinogen in meat and dairy products. He points out that "human studies also support this carcinogenic effect of animal protein, even at usual levels of consumption. … No chemical carcinogen is nearly so important in causing human cancer as animal protein." Fat is a culprit, too: Higher-fat diets raise estrogen levels, whereas plant-based diets tend to keep them at a safe level, which doesn't promote the growth of cancer cells. But fiber—a nutrient plentiful in vegetarian diets—can help our bodies eliminate excess estrogen, cutting the risk of cancer.
It seems that with every bite of meat, we increase our risk of cancer. Luckily, we can eliminate animal products from our diets and replace them with vegetable proteins that protect our health instead of harming it. Order PETA's free "Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit" and start on the path to a healthier you today.
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