Friday, June 5, 2009
Dietary Changes to Reduce Cancer Risk
(completely unrelated picture of our cat Nicco that has gone back to bed for a nap)
Every few weeks I read another article on how reducing your overall consumption of animal products can reduce the risk of some form of cancer. I am predisposed to notice these types of articles due to my history, but why doesn’t this get more attention in the mainstream media?
We seem to live in a country where the consumption of animal products is almost worshiped. I will never understand why people cling to meat and cheese as though it is a religion. Sure, it tastes good. I doubt there are many people alive that can honestly say that they don’t like the taste of some type of animal flesh or cheese. However, if you can reduce your probability of becoming another cancer statistic by reducing your intake of animal products is it really that much to ask in return for more time with your loved ones?
When I first began cooking without meat and dairy at home it was very difficult to replicate the flavors that I had grown to consider “normal”. However, with a little creativity, and openness to different products, I have found that my cooking has actually improved due to the challenge. I am much more open to different spices and the cuisines I had previously ignored. Now that five years has passed I find cooking without animal products to be my "new normal". Making vegan food is something I do now without thought. I also feel good knowing that I am feeding my family a healthy meal that they can enjoy without compromising their health.
If you are interesting in eating in a manner to reduce the probability of a prostate cancer diagnosis or recurrence, click on the link to this June 3, 2009 article on the topic of diet and prostate cancer. If you are looking for another reason to drink pomegranate juice check out this summary of a recent Journal of Urology article on the health benefits of this powerful dark berry juice. The summary of these articles is not that different from other studies and that is, eat more fruits and vegetables and consume fewer animal products and you will be healthier.