Cancer and Vegetarian Diet Health
It is estimated that 30-70% of all cancers are related to diet. Research has indicated that vegetarian diets may offer protection against diet-related cancer.
Vegetarian Plant Foods, Phytochemicals and Cancer
Plant foods contain a number of micronutrients (phytochemicals) which are believed to protect against cancer. Indoles, lignans, isoflavones, protease inhibitors and others have all been shown to be potent anti-carcinogens and may play an important role in the lower cancer incidence among vegetarians.
In contrast, cooked meat and fish contains
carcinogens known as heterocyclic amines (HA's). These are present at
high levels in the urine of people consuming cooked meats and have been
shown to be metabolically active in humans. Evidence suggests meat-derived
HA's may play a role in breast, colon and pancreatic cancer.
Cancer and Vegetarian Diet - Findings
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Vegetarian Diet Information
Vegetarianism is a healthy option and vegetarian
diets can be perfectly healthy eating plans but care should be taken to
ensure optimum nutrition. So, whether following an ovo-lacto or other
type of vegetarian food plan, or vegan diet, for a healthy body and weight
make it a balanced eating plan and take regular exercise. Always consult
a doctor before beginning a weight loss diet or new fitness routine.