69,120 people studied, vegans have lower cancer risk

lunch-junkSo, I say, eat your veggies! The studies keep coming and it seems that they continue to point to reasons for becoming vegan. Let me count the reasons:

  1. lower cancer risk and other diseases
  2. non-participation in the use of animals who are treated cruelly (factory farmed)
  3. lessening global warming by reducing the massive land usage required to eat meat
  4. living a life dedicated the the least harm to all beings and the planet

Choose whatever reason(s) you like, there just seems to be more evidence that a vegan lifestyle benefits all of us. Not ready to become a vegan? Well, begin by adding meatless nights to your meals. Believe me, it’s easy once you try and when you find those enjoyable meals that are vegan you might be surprised that you’ll look forward to them and then begin adding more.

This came to me from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), one of my favorite organizations. They not only send out this type of information to keep me updated but they also have great recipes.

Vegan Diets Have Lower Cancer Risk

Vegan diets are linked to a lower overall cancer rate, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. The diets of 69,120 participants from the Adventist Health Study-2 were tracked for more than four years. Dietary patterns were divided into five categories: nonvegetarian, semivegetarians, lacto-vegetarians (consumes dairy products and eggs), pesco-vegetarians (consumes dairy, eggs, and fish), and vegans. Vegans had a 16 percent decreased risk of all cancers, and vegan women had a 34 percent decreased risk for other specific cancers including breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers, compared with nonvegetarians.

Tantamango-Bartley Y, Jaceldo-Siegl K, Fan J, Fraser G. Vegetarian diets and the incidence of cancer in a low-risk population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. Published ahead of print Nov. 20, 2012.

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