grilled steaks on the grill with flames, grilled meat

Men who choose green tea and broccoli for the benefit of their prostate glands might also want to pass on the burgers and hot dogs. A new study from the American Cancer Society followed more than 184,000 people between 1992 and 2009. The volunteers were asked to report on their diets several times during those years.

The scientists found that approximately 2,300 participants were diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer during the trial. Those who had reported eating the most processed or red meat prior to diagnosis were least likely to survive to the end of the study. Those who usually ate 10 servings a week were at significantly higher risk (nearly 80% higher) than those who ate just two servings a week. It was not clear that diet after diagnosis made any difference for this outcome, but it does seem prudent to consider the health consequences of our usual diet.

[Journal of Clinical Oncology, online, July 1, 2013]

If you are interested in recipes that feature more vegetables and fish than red meat, you might want to consider our cookbook, Recipes & Remedies from The People’s Pharmacy. A higher intake of red meat or processed meat also seems to contribute to the risk of diabetes, premature aging, cancer and heart disease.

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  1. Nalliah T.

    For hundreds of thousand years we survived on fruits, nuts, seeds, tubers and vegetable until we discovered fire and start roasting animals and birds. True carnivores born with built in tools like speed, strength, claws, teeth and talons for capture, kill and devour but we do NOT have hands that are designed for tearing into bellies of animals, but our hands are perfectly designed for picking fruits from trees. The strongest tough powerful animals like elephants, horses, camels eat only plant foods. Gorillas are 3 times the size of a man but 30 times stronger and they eat only leaves and fruits to produce all the protein they need.

  2. JBR

    Is that true for grass-fed organic beef and pork as well?
    Could it possibly be due to hormones, or pesticide-infused corn mush that is given to lot-fed, high production beef factories???????

  3. Martha P

    My father had eggs, bacon, and grits every morning for breakfast. He died of colon cancer but he was 89 when he died. My mother has cereal for breakfast with a banana and she is going to be 100 years old in September.

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