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.