Vegetables proven to cause cancer

Cancer-causing vegetables

Cancer-causing vegetables

Vegetables have been proven to cause cancer. In fact vegetable consumption causes more cancer than any other lifestyle factor in the world.

I’m not kidding. It’s a simple fact.

And it’s not just cancer, it’s heart disease too – in fact vegetables cause 1 in 5 deaths in the US, according to the American Cancer Society, or 480,000 early deaths per year.

Consuming vegetables causes orders of magnitude more deaths than consuming processed meat. This despite yesterday’s breathless headlines, after the WHO declared that eating processed meats (e.g. smoked meats) can increase the risk of colon cancer by a comparatively tiny 20%.

How vegetables can cause cancer

However – and this is crucial – vegetables will only kill you if you prepare them in a dangerous way. In its raw form the tobacco plant is completely benign, possibly even healthy to eat. But if you burn the tobacco vegetable and inhale the smoke… as with cigarettes… it’s VERY bad for you.

Back to the meat

This gives a much needed perspective to yesterday’s cancer alarm. Because it’s not all meat that potentially may contain dangerous substances. It’s processed meat, smoked meat, and possibly even red meat – meat that’s often prepared at high temperatures.

These really high temperatures can produce cancer-causing substances in both vegetables and meat. But of the two, the vegetables (smoking) is by far the worst. The risk increase from eating bacon every day is tiny in comparison:

The Guardian: Meat and tobacco: the difference between risk and strength of evidence

A lot of people in the low-carb community go so far as to completely disregard the processed-meat alarm:

ZoeHarcombe: World Health Organisation, meat & cancer

I don’t think we should ignore this alarm, even if the risk increase is small. It’s still likely true, it makes perfect sense.

If you want to be live a healthy life preferably don’t eat blackened meat, and go easy on the bacon. And don’t smoke vegetables.

Earlier

Can Processed Meat Increase the Risk of Colon Cancer, as WHO Will Claim?

Why Do Meat Eaters Get Colon Cancer More Often?

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  1. Elizabeth
    I agree that sugar is the problem. Vegetables, starch, grains, rice and fruits are carbohydrates and our bodies convert them all to sugar.
    I went on the LCHF diet and am losing weight easily, without hunger and my energy is great. I started 6/15/15 and I turned 74 in September. My highest weight was 220 pounds and I have lost 42 pounds so far. I eat 20% or less in carbs and if I increase them, it makes my weight loss slower or brings it to a stop. I eat a lot of saturated fat and about 20% protein. When I ate no carbs, I was losing 8-10 pounds a month. I added a few for variety because I plan to make this the way I eat from now on. Now I lose 4 or 5 pounds a month. It had taken me from August 2014 to June 2015 to lose 15 pounds. Since 6/15/15, I have lost 29 pounds and my health has improved tremendously. I feel and look young again.

    It would be interesting to know what they are calling processed meat. That could be Spam, hot dogs, bologna, and all sorts of meat products that they inject sugar into along with flavorings.

    I recommend cutting out starch and sugar and eating more saturated fat along with protein and most people I talk to cannot even think about it. One comment I thought was interesting from a very sick woman was, "I would have to give up my soft drinks?" Another who is losing weight from malnutrition has been told that she must try to gain some weight now and her reaction to my diet is that I will starve to death if I don't die of high cholesterol first. She asked how LCHF would make her gain weight since it is making me lose weight. I just said, "Nutrition."

    There are already 5 people that have been watching what is happening to me and actually have started LCHF. I send them to dietdoctor.com.

    It is sad to see how effective the propaganda has been and how many people are dying or already dead from what the politicians and corporations have done to us. I am so glad that some people are starting to wake up. I am very glad to be one of them.

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  2. Claudia
    I'm disappointed. What sensationalist, tabloid-like visual aid to go with a poor, vaguely written article that tries to counteract the impact of the WHO's announcement! Many "scientific" studies are manipulated in such a way that their results will be in agreement with the interests and money behind them. That's why we are driven crazy with supposedly serious experiments findings that tell us one thing one day, and the exact opposite the next day . There are sooo many ways to manipulate studies to get the results one is looking for!
    Please Dr. Eenfeldt, take the time to analyze the situation exhaustively, and come back to us with an evaluation that makes more sense. You're starting to sound desperate and you seem to be getting sloppy in the way you present information to us.
    I started eating low carb high fat a few months ago, and, even though I haven't lost much weight (about 5 lbs.) I'm quite happy because I don't feel bloated any more. That's enough for me to want to continue on this road. I'm 54, and not excessively overweight, so I'm realistic; I know it's not easy to lose weight for someone with my profile.
    Anyway, I just wanted to contribute to the discussion because I don't feel good at all about the way you are "talking" to us now. I can accept reevaluations that incorporate new information or findings, but still...not a good feeling right now (I go back to the seemingly rushed, sensationalist approach I perceive).
    Thank you.
    Claudia
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  1. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19279082
    What was the problem with this study indicating that vegetarians have 40% higher incidence ratio than non-vegetarian to get colon cancer?
    Replies: #2, #43
  2. Pierre

    What was the problem with this study indicating that vegetarians have 40% higher incidence ratio than non-vegetarian to get colon cancer?

    There is no problem. They found that on observational data.

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/142427.php

    Reply: #7
  3. Dharia
    I don't believe vegetables cause cancer. Colon cancer in vegetarians is probably caused by too much starch, rather than vegetables. Does not make sense to me, intuitively at least.
  4. Jeanne
    All advises given by the WHO (who are they infact, who do they represent?) have killed many people.
    Research? Come on. Every body knows USA has much agriculture and lots of vegetarians.(Remember Mc Govern and the fat/cholesterol gate)
    Why do people who ate only meat, cure their cancer?
    Instead of sugar (the real culprit) the just want us to eat more fruit, vegetables, wheat and stuff like that. Why???? Because the big money is in there. Big companies don't sell meat....they sell sugar and wheat. It is a big hoax. I am so angry!!!
    Remind me of the egg hoax.
    Who gave us cigarets? Who gave us margarine?
    Who gave us the food piramide?
  5. Elizabeth
    I agree that sugar is the problem. Vegetables, starch, grains, rice and fruits are carbohydrates and our bodies convert them all to sugar.
    I went on the LCHF diet and am losing weight easily, without hunger and my energy is great. I started 6/15/15 and I turned 74 in September. My highest weight was 220 pounds and I have lost 42 pounds so far. I eat 20% or less in carbs and if I increase them, it makes my weight loss slower or brings it to a stop. I eat a lot of saturated fat and about 20% protein. When I ate no carbs, I was losing 8-10 pounds a month. I added a few for variety because I plan to make this the way I eat from now on. Now I lose 4 or 5 pounds a month. It had taken me from August 2014 to June 2015 to lose 15 pounds. Since 6/15/15, I have lost 29 pounds and my health has improved tremendously. I feel and look young again.

    It would be interesting to know what they are calling processed meat. That could be Spam, hot dogs, bologna, and all sorts of meat products that they inject sugar into along with flavorings.

    I recommend cutting out starch and sugar and eating more saturated fat along with protein and most people I talk to cannot even think about it. One comment I thought was interesting from a very sick woman was, "I would have to give up my soft drinks?" Another who is losing weight from malnutrition has been told that she must try to gain some weight now and her reaction to my diet is that I will starve to death if I don't die of high cholesterol first. She asked how LCHF would make her gain weight since it is making me lose weight. I just said, "Nutrition."

    There are already 5 people that have been watching what is happening to me and actually have started LCHF. I send them to dietdoctor.com.

    It is sad to see how effective the propaganda has been and how many people are dying or already dead from what the politicians and corporations have done to us. I am so glad that some people are starting to wake up. I am very glad to be one of them.

    Reply: #19
  6. Caleb
    Dr. Eenfeldt,

    Understandably, with the backlash you've been receiving from your followers from joining the WHO's bandwagon, you would want to provide a clarifying article. So you're making your main point around "smoking" meat and cooking at high temperatures. Okay, fine. But you are still sneaking in some broad generalities that are negative toward bacon and red meat. Which is it now, Dr. Eenfeldt?

    It seems to me that you are changing your position on THE diet and moving in the direction of the Mediteranian.

    Unless you can better explain yourself, and back it up with clinical trials, not epidemiological studies, then I will be cancelling my membership. Sorry.

    Basically, prove to us that bacon and red meat meat (in of themselves) are bad, or stop saying it. Thanks.

  7. BobM
    Which is exactly the type of data used to demonize red meat.

    In these discussions regarding "processed" meat and "red" meat (whatever these terms mean, and the terms seem to mean different things depending on the study), why are the Germans never considered? They eat a TON of "processed" and "red" meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yet, they're quite hale. (Actually, I know why they're never considered, as they'd be an "exception" to the rule, and no one likes these.)

    Personally, I'm not giving up my bacon, beef, or pork, sausages, and the like any time soon. And I'll even throw in some "hard" sausages made with nitrates every once in a while too.

    Reply: #8
  8. Pierre

    Personally, I'm not giving up my bacon, beef, or pork, sausages, and the like any time soon. And I'll even throw in some "hard" sausages made with nitrates every once in a while too.

    The problems are the additives that industrials blend with the meat.

    If you buy organic product and you do not char you meat then there is no problem.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-27/does-red-meat-%E2%80%93-or-f...

  9. Paul TR
    I always cook my meat just at boiling point of water with some lard added till soft. Beautiful.

    Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2004 Nov;229(10):1017-25.

    Dietary corn oil promotes colon cancer by inhibiting mitochondria-dependent apoptosis in azoxymethane-treated rats.

    Wu B1, Iwakiri R, Ootani A, Tsunada S, Fujise T, Sakata Y, Sakata H, Toda S, Fujimoto K.
    Author information

    Abstract
    How dietary corn oil is involved in colon carcinogenesis and cancer development is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether long-term dietary corn oil promotes colon cancer by inhibiting the tumor suppressor gene p53-mediated mitochondria-dependent apoptosis in azoxymethane (AOM)-treated rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were injected with AOM or with saline and fed on a basal diet or basal diet supplemented with 10% corn oil for 48 weeks. Colonic aberrant crypt foci (ACF) and tumors, including adenomas and carcinomas, were examined. Colonic apoptosis and cell proliferation were evaluated. Wild type (wt) p53 was analyzed using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blotting. In addition, Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, Bax, and Bak localized in the mitochondria were detected. Long-term dietary corn oil increased ACF in AOM-treated rats at 12 weeks and promoted colon cancer invasion at 48 weeks. Cancer invasion was not observed in the AOM-treated rats without dietary corn oil, although colon adenomas and cancers were detected. Apoptosis was decreased and cell proliferation was increased in the AOM-treated rats with dietary corn oil, compared with the AOM-treated rats with dietary basal diet. In these rats, mitochondrial wt p53 was significantly inhibited through decreased mitochondrial localization of wt p53 and increased cytosolic p53, resulting in the upregulation of Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL and the downregulation of Bak in the mitochondria. Results suggest that long-term dietary corn oil promotes AOM-induced colon cancer development partly by inhibiting the tumor suppressor gene p53-mediated mitochondria-dependent apoptosis.

  10. Eric
    ROUND UP TIME
    Why not round up a group of your vegan friends and do five hour GTT with insulin and glucagon and see what you get. Compar that to a group of SAD eating friends and LCHF or PHDS or what else Katavin, Rice you name it.

    I think if Mc Dougal or Pritikin, would op n up and b transpar nt.
    Maybe they have don the lab work and not mad it public. Why?

    Mormons eat a lot more meat than 7th day adv, vegans, or the SAD ways of eating but outlive those groups. Why?
    Much can be explained by looking at the south USA and seeing the effect of pov erty smoking and education. Poor people have poor ways. More smoking, more sugary drinks, more refined grain products.
    SO what is the difference in life span? 5 to 7 days maybe? May we see increased lifespans in the highest quintile of meat eaters? If so, can vegans explain? Do s the socio economic and education explain more, way more?
    Eric

  11. Elena
    I am not a big fan of processed meats, however, even if one does eat plenty of bacon and smoked meats, one would be protected from harm if one follows a low-carb diet with plenty of animal fats. We are surrounded by carcinogens, but our immune system is always on guard fighting back, unless it's compromised. Things that compromise an immune system are sugars and vegetable oils. I've seen some info on lung cancer statistics. It turns out that drastic increase in lung cancer rates (virtually unknown before in spite of long history of smoking) neatly coincides with the advent of Crisco shortinings, margarines and vegetable oils. Today, when we eat more sugar and vegetable oils than ever, plenty of non-smokers get lung-cancer.
  12. Christopher
    I agree with Dr. E and there is something to be said that people do eat too much red meat but more because it's at the expense of other delicious animal foods that are maybe not as convenient. That said I'm not sold on the cancer connection. Anyone who has ever taken statistics knows that those observational studies can be made to say anything the authors want just by applying adjustments to the raw data and then justifying their actions in the text.

    I don't eat paleo but I always think about things like this in an evolutionary basis as a reality check. Humans have been eating meat for millions of years, and cooking them probably for just as long. Even today with modern cooking methods, it is all too easy to burn the meat. I find it highly unlikely that humans do not have an evolutionary tolerance to highly cooked meat, even burnt meat. I speculate that it's a lack of antioxidants, anti-cancer nutrients and polyphenols in the modern diet that is the confounding variable here that's associated with the higher rates.

  13. Eric
    Colon cancer
    The old we are the higher the rate
    Blended average is two percent of all usa deaths
    25 percent die of cancer and 8 percent of those die from colon cancer

    SO, weather you smoke or eat meat or eat vegetables or fast it is prudent to periodically test. A newer t st is the stool test that looks for traces of blood AND DNA markers. Also a camera pill virtual colonoscopy, or next more invasive is the traditional colonoscopy.

    Caught in time a precancerous polyp cut out is not the same as one left to grow and grow. Asking the wrong question? To eat meat or not eat meat is not the question. But, the answer is test. The testing is the safer more prudent free to chose option IMO Eric

  14. James Phillips
    It is nonsense to call the tobacco plant a vegetable - a vegetable is plant or part of a plant used as food. Therefore your statement that 1 in 5 deaths is caused by eating vegetables is false and misleading. By resorting to such tactics you diminish all your arguments.
    Reply: #20
  15. shannon
    The link that vegetables cause 4 out of 5 deaths doesn't link to a study, just the american cancer website. Which isn't helpful. I want to know what studies you are actually citing so I can judge for myself. I don't like alarmist headlines, even if its for something I agree with.
  16. Claudia
    I'm disappointed. What sensationalist, tabloid-like visual aid to go with a poor, vaguely written article that tries to counteract the impact of the WHO's announcement! Many "scientific" studies are manipulated in such a way that their results will be in agreement with the interests and money behind them. That's why we are driven crazy with supposedly serious experiments findings that tell us one thing one day, and the exact opposite the next day . There are sooo many ways to manipulate studies to get the results one is looking for!
    Please Dr. Eenfeldt, take the time to analyze the situation exhaustively, and come back to us with an evaluation that makes more sense. You're starting to sound desperate and you seem to be getting sloppy in the way you present information to us.
    I started eating low carb high fat a few months ago, and, even though I haven't lost much weight (about 5 lbs.) I'm quite happy because I don't feel bloated any more. That's enough for me to want to continue on this road. I'm 54, and not excessively overweight, so I'm realistic; I know it's not easy to lose weight for someone with my profile.
    Anyway, I just wanted to contribute to the discussion because I don't feel good at all about the way you are "talking" to us now. I can accept reevaluations that incorporate new information or findings, but still...not a good feeling right now (I go back to the seemingly rushed, sensationalist approach I perceive).
    Thank you.
    Claudia
    Reply: #50
  17. Eric Sodicoff
    Remember all those meat loving and cancer-free Eskimos that Gary Taubes made famous in "Good Calories, Bad Calories" ? If one stops eating meat on the basis of the WHO guidelines and substitutes sugar and carbs (AKA: the Snackwells effect) I think the net risk of cancer would be greater. Excessive Insulin is a tumor promoter, and most tumor cells can only derive their energy from sugars and not ketones.
  18. Jose Venancio da SIlva Filho
    Good afternoon all, I would like to see the following news: Take a glass of cola per day can cause Cancer, eating bread or Wheat derivatives can lead to development of diabetes, eat a snack of Macdonalds per month can lead to have a cancer. Well long story short when it discloses a news, without scientific basis only generates confusion and is this what's going on in the world on the basis of this news.
  19. Maureen
    Thank you for your comments. I am also a senior citizen and have just started on the LCHF program. Too soon to see any results since I don't have a lot of weight to lose; but, I was especially intrigued with your observation on your energy. That is the one thing that I am hoping for. Keep up the excellent work and congratulations on your fabulous success.
  20. Paul
    It's so wrong when people do this. I totally agree with Eric.
    It is nonsense to call the tobacco plant a vegetable!
  21. Ronnie
    Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt,

    Well you certainly got my attention this morning. A photograph of a field of vegetables and a skull and crossbones overlay... "Vegetables Proven to Cause Cancer".

    That's a confusing message!

    At first glance it would appear as though you are advising your subscribers not to eat vegetables but as I read into your post further, I think more that you are using sarcasm to highlight the problem with sensationalism regarding generalized statements on the health validity of a food type such as processed meats or vegetables without further qualification. You are making a joke by demonizing vegetables. The WHO are demonizing meats. Meat is not the enemy and neither are vegetables but rather its the quality of the Foods, what's been done to it by the food industry before we buy it, and what we do to it after we buy it, that influences the whither or not it is healthy for us. I hope I got the message right!

    Now I'l go and eat some delicious and healthy meats and vegetables with plenty of healthy fats! Yum.

  22. Paul TR
    dr Eenfeldt, seems that some of our friends can not tell the difference between alegory, satire, sarcasm and reality.
  23. Carol
    I find that scare tactics are used by you as well. Rushed
    To read this article only to find out nothing other than
    " don't eat burned/smoked veggies". You are as outrageous as the others.
    To address the ability to see " sarcasm, allegory, satire" ect , I get these emails for education....not a comedy show.
  24. Jake
    Usual bad reporting to gain shock value.
    Here are the facts: from 27th October in The Times a UK Broadsheet.
    "Sir David Spiegelhalter of the University of Cambridge said ' in the normal run of things, about six in every 100 people would be expected to get bowel cancer. If all these 100 people ate a 50g bacon sandwich every single day of their lives, then according to this report we would expect that 18 per cent more would get bowel cancer - which is a rise from six cases to seven cases'"

    Clearly statistically not a great additional risk!!!

  25. Jake
    The most poisonous part of that bacon sandwich is of course the BREAD!!!
  26. Claudia
    After re-reading the article, I guess I agree with Ronnie. I also agree with Carol. I don't expect sarcasm from a site like this one, so I didn't interpret the article that way. Not that I cannot appreciate humor, but, since I see I was not the only one to take Dr. Eenfeldt's comments seriously, I would say they are, at least, confusing.
    Thanks for the clarification, Paul TR. Rather patronizing, though.
    Claudia
    Reply: #32
  27. James
    I'm confused!? :/
    Reply: #31
  28. Mourad
    vegetables can cause cancer because of the GMO , herbicides,insecticide and mostly because the soils are polluted so of course our vegetables are dangerous to eat.
  29. Mourad
    If you watch this video it will make sense
    http://youtu.be/oB6fUqmyKC8
  30. Apicius
    Wow! Look at all the negative feedback!

    When I read this blog while sipping my morning coffee, I remember laughing out loud. I thought it was a pretty clever piece with double entendre embedded in its message.

    I did not find this in any way low brow or misleading. For me, it clearly aligned with the distorted view we have on food. And even many of us in the LCHF camp struggle with this. It really hurts when the mirror gets turned the other way, and lo our own weaknesses soon become exposed in its reflection.

    It's like a TV program I once watched where Jamie Oliver asked school children if they recognized the vegetables he was showing them. I noticed how the schoolchildren from countries with lower obesity rates recognized the eggplant, carrot, cucumber, celery...etc... However, the abismal schoolchildren from other areas, like the US, failed the test. How on earth can a child not recognize a carrot or a potato?! For shame!

    Somehow, our modernized food supply makes it ok to process the heck out of a healthy ingredient (like meat or vegetable or natural fat), and still label it healthy. It's absolutely crazy. So, how about the pumpkin spice latte LCHF protein bar, or how about that primal-bulletproof-coconut-vanilla-essence-stevia-leaf-extract-with-just-enough-Sucralose-to-fly-under-the-radar-moccachino (and still taste like a burned ice cream banana split shat in your mouth), or for the grand finale how about a just-add-water-and-microwave-for-30-seconds LCHF "real" minestrone (guaranteed to taste and look like your grandmama's recipe....yeah....right!! Gimme a break).

    It doesn't matter if you stuff SPAMified meat or SPAMified broccoli down your gullet. In the end, it's all the same machination of modernized food preparation. Which really serves more value to the shareholders or private owners of a business, rather than the genuine intent to purvey your body with nourishment.

    I say, bravo, Dr Eenfeldt. For turning the mirror around and awakening a sleeping foundational principle within us. The hibernation is over lame oversight ...welcome to the truth! And yeah, the truth will always be ready to kick us all in the butt again...so, stay awake next time.

  31. Bjarte Bakke Team Diet Doctor
    What are you confused about James? Andreas is being satirical. He does believe vegetables are healthy so keep eating them. :)
  32. Bjarte Bakke Team Diet Doctor
    Claudia, thanks for your feedback. Possibly we should be more careful with sarcasm in the future.
  33. Eric
    WHO gets the most colorectal cancer? Maybe that is why the other WHO is so opinionated about it.

    If the (WHO) is to worry, why not just recommend stool testing with DNA screen for everyone? Who can develope a smart phone app and device to test for colon cancer. Maybe solving a problem is not the goal? Maybe having a problem is the goal.

    That covers detection. What about prevention? Maybe fasting one day a week or five consecutive days a month reduce mortality and morbidity? If you still are guilty donate the money saved by not eating to cancer testing or new medical cures research!
    Eric

  34. Apicius
    While I like Dr Eenfeldt's take on the absurd similarity of the smoking "vegetables" and the meat-cancer hypothesis, I have to admit that Stephen Colbert did a better job...this video is pretty hilarious:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66G__mozVzE
  35. Krystal
    I think a lot of you are missing the point of this article and getting focussed on the wrong thing here ... the article is trying to make a point that pretty much anything can be considered toxic if it's 'spun' to us the right way. The media can turn something in to nothing and nothing in to something very easily because we are often to gullible to question it
    Use your brain, do research and dont believe everything you read .. that people IS the point.
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  37. cm
    Seriously, anyone who believes all vegetables cause cancer no matter what needs to do more research.

    Ignorance is bliss my friends.

  38. Hazel
    Elizabeth Oct 27: Essentially your story is mine too. If I hadn't started LCHF 6 years ago I would be dead now. I hadn't realized how sick I was. Now (71 y/o) I'm not only well but feel great. I'll never deviate from the lessons I've learned about my metabolism via LCHF.

    Thanks to all doctors out there who are helping their patients repair their metabolisms via low-carb/high-fat lifestyle, and for all the wonderful blogs. You are the best.

  39. Matthew w
    Dr. Andreas... you are a quack!
    Vegetables cause cancer and you go onto saying that only the smoking of tobacco causes cancer and if i may quote "very bad for you".

    Click bait from a quack of a doctor.

  40. Kerry
    I followed this link out of curiosity - the article however does not really offer any useful information.... it is slightly confusing even... it appears more like what we call 'click bait' - something to lure you in with no real information - but giving the link apparent high traffic. Please stop that. It's a waste of people's time.
  41. Jonas Brahms
    Have you ever tried eating tobacco? It makes you violently ill.
  42. Bryan
    "Wow" at the number of negative responses to this piece which was SO obviously intended to be humorous. Take a chill pill people! (Just to clarify for some, please don't literally take a chill pill, thanks).
  43. Aris Laskaris
    The fact that this study is the ONLY argument of meat-defenders says a lot by itself.

    Mr Bakke, I would expect that you would have done more research on this matter and you would be more well-informed from a scientific point of view.

    I will reply to you in the best way I can, with a comprehensive explanation from Garth Davis, M.D.
    I quote:

    "The subset was known as EPIC- Oxford and consisted of a large number of vegetarians living in and around Oxford, England, where that sort of diet was much more common than other parts of Europe, and their meat- eating neighbors. In the EPICOxford data, the incidence of colon cancer rose in vegetarians compared to meat eaters. True, the effect had dissipated in the 2014 data, but still. What in the world was going on?

    The EPIC- Oxford data have been trumpeted by low- carb advocates as proof of the inferiority of a vegan diet. Funny that they always complain about epidemiologic studies, until one goes their way. But as we look at other studies, EPIC- Oxford really becomes an outlier. A meta- analysis of several studies shows red meat and processed meat were associated with increase risk of colorectal cancer (Norat, Lukanova, et al. 2002). Another meta- analysis of multiple epidemiologic studies showed a 2.5 times greater risk of developing colon cancer in those eating animals. It also showed the less fiber, the more cancer, independent of whether the person was eating meat or not.

    In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research published their report, “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective.” In the following four years, researchers conducted ten prospective studies based
    on the recommendations in this report (many of which advised reducing animal consumption and eating more fruits and veggies). A 2011 metaanalysis of these studies showed that red meat and processed meat definitely correlate with colorectal cancer. This was very high level data (Chan Lau, et al. 2011).

    A huge prospective Korean study followed over two million people for seven years. It looked at people who ate meat four days a week and those who ate meat just once a week. Researchers found a large and significant effect of meat eating on risk of colorectal cancer (Kim, Park, et al. 2011). And keep in mind that even the “heavy” meat eaters in this study were consuming considerably less animal protein than the average American.

    So why did EPIC- Oxford show increased risk? Well, several reasons. As you can see above, one of the protective effects of being vegetarian/ vegan is presumably eating more plants and therefore more fiber. However, this group of vegetarians didn’t eat nearly the amount of fiber you would
    expect for plant eaters. Only 20 grams, which is only slightly higher than the meat eaters. Other studies on this group show that they don’t take B12 and many don’t take calcium. Not the healthiest group of vegetarians. We can only conclude that while they were not eating meat, they must have been eating processed junk food.

    In addition, the meat eaters were actually quite healthy meat eaters, compared to rest of the country. Their meat consumption was very moderate to low, and they controlled for vegetable consumption, meaning those meat eaters who didn’t consume any fruits and veggies were discarded.

    Furthermore, they controlled for weight. Weight is an independent risk of cancer, so controlling for weight is appropriate, but one benefit of a plantbased diet, as we saw in the last chapter, is weight loss. So by controlling for weight they are eliminating one way the plant- based diet protects against cancer.

    Finally, there was definitely a healthy volunteer effect. We can tell this because as the data goes out longer, the increased cancer rate has diminished. Taking all this into mind, the EPIC- Oxford becomes a true outlier."

    How could an explanation about this study's results could be any clearer?

    Moreover, to all of you out there who you still have any doubts about the direct link between the consumption of ANY meat and cancer I will advise you to have a read on the most legit/scientific and comprehensive report in nutrition named 'Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer' by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

    It is not an 'opinion', it is not an 'interpretation'. It is just simple scientific FACTS. What you will do with them is your call. But please, do not ruminate about if this is true or not only because it is hard for you to face the necessary change in your diet.

  44. Zepp
    I think that one have to take the safe way.. avoiding veggis, meat, fat, carbs and air!?
  45. yourmum
    This retard cites tobacco cancer statistics as a basis to claim that vegetables cause cancer!
    What a sensationalist scumbag moron!
    At least try to be clever in spreading your idiotic propaganda.
    Secondly, vegetarians don't strictly consume plant products.
    They also consume dairy and eggs!
    So you cannot claim that it's plants that is the cause of their cancer etc.
    Compare meat eaters to vegans instead.
  46. Ozer
    Did this guy really conflate smoking cigarettes by eating vegetables, just to say that "vegetables cause cancer"?
    I cannot believe it...

    "Vegetable" in question is tobacco, and "smoking" is the way to prepare your veggies.

    He is not talking about, say, steamed broccoli's you eat, when he says veggies.

    Blatant false equivalency, and pushing the boundaries of words like "vegetables" and "preparation methods".

    And then he compares this to smoked meat. As if smoking meat and smoking cigarettes are the same thing.

    Another dumb word play.

    If you are going to make a valid comparison, why don't you make cigarettes out of dried minced meat, burn them and inhale the smoke, and then see how much cancer that causes? *lol*

  47. ab
    I know you have paralysis in mind
  48. Ree
    they haven't provided one reference to back up their claims yet you all believe it without question
  49. Leonard Parent
    my father was a dairy farmer and ate meat 3 times a day and lived to be 96!
  50. Cesar
    I have to back you. I had to read this 'article' several times bc I could not make sense of it. What is it trying to tell us that we can apply to our lives really?
  51. Lucy
    I have cancer now from eating bulgogi (Korean beef marinaded in high heat) once a week for 8 months. In addition I have been having pork dumplings for dinner frequently for the past year and a half. So yes it does cause cancer. I am very upset now because the only indication was fatigue. And now I am losing weight and no matter what I eat, I am not absorbing it. My bones hurt and doctors still cannot figure out the diagnosis.

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