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    New nutrition guidelines fail to acknowledge meat link to cancer Jan. 2015

    Cancer researchers are criticizing the newest government nutrition guidelines for failing to account for the fact that meat consumption has been positively linked to cancer, even after the USDA's own Scientific Advisory Committee recommended that the guidelines suggest that Americans consume less meat.  Susan Higginbotham of the American Institute for Cancer Research said, "We are dismayed to see that the Dietary Guidelines have allowed lobbying efforts to supersede the scientific evidence, when it comes to meat and cancer risk."  Famed nutritionist Marion Netsle added, "From my standpoint, Congress has caved in to the will of special interest food groups."

    Dr. Walter Willett, head of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health chimed in by saying, "[T]he dietary guidelines promote consumption of red meat as long as it is lean, which is not what the science supports. There is strong evidence that red meat consumption increases risk of diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, and some cancers (especially processed meat), and there is not good evidence that this simply due to the fat content. This appears to reflect the powerful influences of the beef industry. Unfortunately, the public is being misled."  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a vegan advocacy group, is filing a suit against the government in California federal district court over the new guidelines.

    On the bright side, the new guidelines encourage Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables, and less sugar and white flour. (more...)

  • Why be vegetarian? Save animals, get healthy, lose weight, help the planet -- take your pick!
  • All about Protein. All vegetables have plenty of protein. Even lettuce. How do you think elephants get so big? :)
  • Is meat-eating natural?  Our bodies are optimized for eating plants, not meat. Read all about it here.
  • Vegetarian Myths.  From "plants aren't a complete protein" to "Hitler was a vegetarian", we run down all the common misconceptions here.
  • Vegetarianism and the Environment.  Meat production involves horrific amounts of water, land, energy, and pollution, compared to plant foods. Going veg. is the easiest way to lessen your impact.
  • This website is not medical advice.  While the author has tried to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, and while he quotes many medical doctors, he is not a medical doctor himself, and this website is not medical or nutritional advice. Anyone contemplating nutritional changes should seek the counsel of a qualified health professional.

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