A meat based diet can be carcinogenic. The world health organization warns that processed meats rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer. According to research findings, consumption of 50g of processed meat per day – the equivalent of one sausage or less than two slices of bacon – increases the chance of developing bowel cancer by 18 per cent.
It helps prevent heart disease. Eating foods loaded with animal fats is literally killing us. Coronary heart disease, which is linked to a meat-based diet, is the leading cause of death in the UK. On average, 224 people die of heart disease in this country each day.
The good news is that by adopting a plant-based diet we can help prevent the majority of cardiovascular diseases as well as other illnesses such as:
And to top it all off, a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet.
Lastly, animal agriculture is killing the planet. Meat production is a leading cause of climate change, water depletion, soil erosion and most other environmental problems, according to United Nations scientists.
Resource: by Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN
Preventive Nutrition Services, Baltimore, MD
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