“You need to know the truth about food and why eating the right way can save your life”
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University
A healthy vegetarian or vegan diet supports a lifetime of good health and provides protection against numerous diseases including some of the country’s biggest killers:- heart disease, cancer and strokes.
The Academy of Nutrition and Diatetics state that plant based eaters enjoy a lower risk of death from heart disease, lower blood cholesterol levels, lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes and lower body mass index as well as lower overall cancer rates.
A plant based diet is rich in nutrients and provides you with all the nutrition you need to live a healthy lifestyle. Scientists have found that vegetarians have stronger immune systems than meat eaters. Plant based eaters live on average 6-10 years longer than meat eaters.
Does Eating Meat Cause Cancer?
Nearly half of everyone alive today in the developed world will be diagnosed with cancer at some point. Cancer will kill nearly 8 million people this year. Does eating meat cause cancer?
The WHO (World Health Organisation) in 2012 reported more than 14 million new cases of cancer – they expect this to increase by 70% globally over the next 20 years.
The WHO also state that “at least one third of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long term strategy for the control of cancer. Diet modification is an important approach to cancer control. There is a link between obesity and many types of cancer. Diets high in fruits and vegetables may have a protective effect against many cancers…and also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease”.
Gastrointestinal cancers are one of the most common forms of cancer. So it makes sense that what we eat and drink – what we put into our gastrointestinal system – will play an important part in whether we prevent or cause cancer. What we eat becomes the fuel that should help us fight the disease.
If we agree that what we eat is important in preventing cancer in our bodies then its worth taking a look at what we do eat – every day and what its composed of.
Most people are meat eaters – they eat meat at least once a day. Does eating meat causes cancer? It’s important to know. I ate meat or fish 3 times a day when I was on a low carb diet – it seemed like it was the only thing I could eat if I was cutting the carbs to lose weight!
From Farm to Plate – Just How Safe Is Your Food?
Most meat and fish is industrially farmed today because of the high volume that is required by our ever increasing population and the demand for fast food. This is a highly unnatural way of producing food and in itself has many potential health threatening issues.
Lets take a closer look at what is pumped into the animal that lies on our plate:-
- Fertilizers and Pesticides – this is in the grain that the animals are fed which remains in their bodies when we eat them
- Preventative antibiotics – the unhealthy conditions that industrially farmed animals are kept in can lead to the disease and death of the animals. So they are injected with antibiotics to help them fight the potential diseases.
- Hormones and antibiotics – to promote faster growth and a higher meat yield – so it gets to our plate faster and meatier.
- GMO’s – Genetically modified organisms. These are plants or animals created by inserting genes from one species into another in order to create something that doesn’t occur naturally. The grain that the animals eat has been genetically modified by human intervention – it is no longer as nature intended it to be. The animals eat the grain then we eat the animal. A complete cycle of genetic interfering.
So I ask the question – how safe is your food? Did you know that whatever ends up on your plate smelling and looking delicious has the secret ingredients above? Does it still look so tasty?
One way to avoid flooding your body with such unnatural ingredients is to buy organic produce whenever possible. Yes its more expensive – but the more people that buy it – the lower the prices will become as this habit of purchasing will become the new norm.
What is Organic Produce?
Organic produce must be grown in “safe soil” with no modifications i.e without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones and must have access to the outdoors. Organic produce should be kept separately from non organic conventional produce.
In a nutshell – all the bad stuff is taken out and we are much closer to a product that nature intended. The benefits of eating organic and working with nature are:-
- No fertilizers or pesticides sprayed onto the crops for the animals and us to ingest
- No growth hormones or antibiotics injected into the animals for us to ingest
- Animals not fed by products – which reduces the chances of diseases like Mad cow disease (BSE), which we could ingest
- Organic meat and milk can be richer in certain nutrients due to animals feeding on grass as opposed to grain
- Organic food production has a much lower carbon footprint and is therefore kinder to the environment
- Organic foods do not contain GMO’s which ultimately we ingest and the impact of which has yet to be fully understood
It it should be clear from the information provided that by firstly eating organic produce and secondly cutting out meat altogether from our daily diets can only support a healthier lifestyle with the added benefit of warding off numerous diseases especially cancer.
Make a difference, make the change, go veggie.