January 12, 2005 |
Adding weight to earlier findings, a study of nearly 150,000 adults has found that eating too many red and processed meats raises a person's risk for colorectal cancer by up to 50%. Meanwhile, another study of 285,526 European women has found that eating lots of fruits and vegetables does not lower a woman's risk for breast cancer, refuting some earlier studies.
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July 29, 2013 |
I've been a vegetarian for most of my life, which means that over the years I've been subjected to plenty of unsolicited opinions about my health and my decision to stop eating meat. There were epic battles with my grandmother, who grew up on a hog farm in Minnesota and believes eating animals is part of human nature. "It has to do with teeth," is her cryptic explanation. My other grandmother, a New Yorker with a New Age streak, insists that I need beef, chicken and fish even more than most people because of my blood type.
August 6, 2010
The headlines were certainly scary enough to turn readers into vegetarians: "Sausages and Bacon Up Bladder Cancer Risk" "My Bologna Has a First Name, It's C-A-N-C-E-R. " "Cold Cut Sandwiches: A Potentially Deadly Lunch. " Fortunately for meat eaters out there, the study that prompted this week's dire warnings wasn't quite as absolute as it was made to appear. For starters, studies linking red meat consumption to cancer aren't new. But this study, published online Monday by the journal Cancer, zeroed in on a specific culprit -- processed red meat -- and a particular body part -- the bladder.
March 7, 2013 |
Another study has found an association between eating meat and premature death, this time linking the consumption of bacon, sausage and other processed meats with cardiovascular disease and cancer in a study of nearly a half-million Europeans. "Overall, we estimate that 3% of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20 grams processed meat per day," Sabine Rohrmann of the University of Zurich, who led the study, said in a statement. (Twenty grams is about 0.7 ounces; a hot dog comes in at 50 to 70 grams or more, depending on the brand, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.)
October 31, 2011
Halloween's one thing: What about how we eat the rest of the year? Hands up, anyone out there who actually pays attention to the government's dietary guidelines and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's snazzy new food plate . ('Allo? Anyone?) Harvard Nutrition researcher Dr. Walter Willett and Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston think the 2010 guidelines and plate are a vast improvement over the 2005 guidelines and confusing family of stripy pyramids the plate replaced.
March 8, 1987
Al Martinez completely misses the point of his "skinny vegetarian" who detests the cigar smoke swirling around his head at the restaurant: Tobacco smoke is hazardous to breathe, and one does not have the options of breathing or not breathing. To speak condescendingly of "a society governed by health laws" and to conclude that a natural progression would be to forbid the eating of red meat because it may offend some is absolute idiocy. If you eat red meat it's not going to affect my cholesterol level.