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Pancreatic cancer linked to animal products
Posted 30 June 2009
A recent study, reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that those who had the most animal fats in their diet had a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
One of the researchers wrote: ‘We observed positive associations between pancreatic cancer and intakes of total, saturated and monosaturated fat overall, particularly from red meat and dairy food sources. We did not observe any consistent association with polyunsaturated or fat from plant food sources.’
The World Health Organisation has estimated that dietary factors account for 30 per cent of cancers in industrialised countries, coming a close second behind smoking as a preventable risk factor. A senior science information officer for Cancer Research UK said: ‘Apart from stopping smoking, the best way to reduce your risk of cancer is to eat plenty of fruit vegetables and fibre, and to cut down on fatty foods, red and processed meat and limit your intake of alcohol.’
The results of this study support the findings of The China Study - one of the largest worldwide studies looking at the effects of diet on health - which indicated a direct link between animal protein intake and cancer - the more animal protein there was in the diet, the higher the risk of certain cancers. In contrast, a whole-grain plant-based diet, which naturally includes plenty of fibre and antioxidants, has been linked to lower rates of cancer. Those who follow a plant-based diet have also been found to have a lower risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Meat-Free Monday provides a great opportunity to reduce your meat intake and, therefore, lower your risk of developing diet-related illnesses. So why not give it a go? Contact us for a free Meat-Free booklet for loads of meal ideas and more information on the benefits of a meat-free diet.