Monday, May 10, 2010

Meatless Monday at the Booth

Every time I turn around it seems I'm hearing that something we eat, drink, cook with, clean with or rub onto our skin is linked to a type of cancer.

The World Health Organization claims that 30% of all cancers are a result of dietary factors. According to CancerProject.org, meat consumption can raise the risk of the following types of cancer:

Breast Cancer - Countries with a higher intake of fat, especially fat from animal products, such as meat and dairy products, have a higher incidence of breast cancer...The consumption of high-fat foods such as meat, dairy products, fried foods, and even vegetable oils causes a woman’s body to make more estrogens, which encourage cancer cell growth in the breast and other organs that are sensitive to female sex hormones.

Colorectal Cancer - Total fat and saturated fat, which tend to be substantially higher in animal products than in plant-derived foods, and refined sugar, all heighten colon cancer risks.

Prostate Cancer - ...a man’s intake of dietary fat, which is abundant in meat and other animal products, increases testosterone production, which in turn increases prostate cancer risk.

Other Cancers - Although not as extensively studied as breast, colon, and prostate cancer risk, a number of studies have concluded that meat consumption may play a significant role in kidney and pancreatic cancer risk.

From the studies that the Cancer Project has examined, they found two common themes:

1. Vegetables and fruits help to reduce risk of cancer.
2. Meat, animal products, and other fatty foods increase risk.

Here at the Green Phone Booth, we hope you'll start reducing your risk of the aforementioned cancers by joining us in the observance of Meatless Mondays. You can link up your MM recipe using Mr. Linky below or post your recipe and photo to our Facebook page. At the very least, leave a comment to let us know what's on your plate for the day.

6 comments:

Sense of Home said...

Good information in today's post. I linked to my Vegetable Samosas, although I wouldn't say they are low fat.

KnitNana said...

Thanks for this info!!

I've linked to my Meatless Monday's post this week, but it's not a vegan recipe, as it has reduced fat feta cheese in it. Still it's a low fat recipe, and certainly a healthier choice than many meat-centered meals!

T said...

I'm having Veggies burgers for supper! First time I've made the recipe, so hopefully it's good. Will post the link.

Rosa said...

We are just now starting to get greens out of our garden - which led to Meatless Saturday, a spring tradition around here:

Ramen Noodles With Pea Greens

pot of water
1 pckt ramen noodle seasoning
heat to boil
add (in order) cubed tofu or cooked white beans
a handful of chopped chives
pea tips cut into 3-4 inch pieces
noodles
cook until noodles are soft, about 2 minutes.

Daisy said...

Call me boring, and you'd be right. I had no energy to cook tonight, so I baked some salmon steaks and thawed/ heated red beans and rice from the freezer. Nothing new this time!

Kellie said...

Great recipes everyone!

@Daisy~ If it makes you feel any better, we ended up having frozen pizza for dinner. :( I had the best intentions of making Ethiopian food but with a long work day and an event at school tonight we only had 30 min to cook and eat. Some days are like that!

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