Meat consumption is a matter of serious health concern
“Here in the west, many still eat meat 2-3 times a day, which is both unsustainable for the planet and an amount of animal protein that was never consumed by our ancestors,” Dr. John Douillard.
Here are 7 reasons why you should eat less meat.
#1: Meat and dairy producers emit more greenhouse gases than Exxon Mobil, Shell or BP, the 3 top oil production companies(1).
#2: Red meat increases the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer in women(2).
#3: Diets higher in animal protein, animal fat and cholesterol may be associated with protein leakage into the urine, a sign of kidney damage(3).
Diabetes, cancer and heart disease, all linked to unhealthful diet and lifestyle are the leading causes of death in the U.S.
#4: Consumption of red and processed meat is carcinogenic to humans(4).
Another study showed that the way meat is cooked increases its carcinogenic risk. For example, being around a barbecue and breathing barbecue fumes is a significant source of health threats to all participants, standing 6 feet away from a charcoal grill.
Eating organic meat does NOT diminish its carcinogenic risk.
#5: Meat consumption increases LDL cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels(5). And it increases insulin resistance, negatively affects beta cell function and blood glucose levels.
#6: Saturated fat found in animal protein increases the risk of liver disease more than sugar and unsaturated fats(6).
#7: A study of 125, 000 people followed over a period of 22 years demonstrated that for every 1 to 2 ounces of processed meat eaten per day, there was a 30% increased risk of a stroke(7).
The truth will set you free!
Dr. Esselstyn writes, “Dietary preference is deeply personal, and one can easily be offended. Nevertheless, the public has a right to know the truth as understood by experts in nutritive biology about what constitutes the safest and healthiest diet.”
And the safest and healthiest diet is one high in plant based foods!
(1)A new report by GRAIN (Genetic Resources Action International) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
(2) According to a study published online in the International Journal of Cancer.
(3) Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionalFacts.org
(4) The International Agency for Research on Cancer press release, October 26, 2015
(5) According to the American Diabetes Association
(6) A new study published in Diabetes Care
(7) The journal Stroke
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