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Animal Foods and Cancer

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But the threat of cancer posed by animal-based foods goes far beyond processed meats.

Findings from the largest forward-looking study on diet and cancer in human history revealed that eating just one-quarter of a chicken breast per day increases the risk of some of the fastest growing cancers, like lymphomas and leukemias, by up to 280% (22). And a 2011 Harvard study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that men consuming as few as 2.5 eggs per week, compared with those who consumed less than half an egg per week, increased their risk for a lethal form of prostate cancer by 81 percent (23). All told, research has shown that people who eat a diet high in animal protein (including red meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs) have more than a 400% increased risk of dying from cancer (24).

Meanwhile, people who simply avoid meat experience half the risk of colon cancer and one third the risk of prostate cancer (25).

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