A high protein diet and cancer risk

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A high protein diet and cancer risk

It has become a common and mainstream idea that if you would like to lose weight, you would need to eat minimal carbohydrates and large amounts of proteins. This theory isn’t wrong in any way. In fact, it has so much scientific backing and actual proof that sounds totally full proof.

But, how does it affect your life in the long run?

Most of these diets help lose weight and improve your health for the time being, or NOW. But are they really good for you in the long run? That is a good question.
Multiple studies have shown that people eating large amounts of meat in their middle age are more likely to have an encounter with a form of cancer anytime after their 50s. It isn’t a myth nor is it a way of vegans attacking the meat lovers.
Most meats are heavily treated by giving hormones and antibiotics to ensure that the animals have a faster and more efficient growth process. These antibiotics and hormones injected into these animals tend to find their way into our bodies regardless of how meticulously well the food is prepared (whether you prefer a well-done steak or a medium rare everyone is at risk of this).

Red meats and processed meats have been classified as level 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization. This implies that red meat and processed meat hold standing in the chances of them causing cancer. Amongst many cancers speculated, bowel cancers are highly suspected to be caused by overconsumption of meat. With all this said, what about fish? Is it harmful? Apparently not, fish contains many essential oils and it is a lean source of protein. Fish contradicts the entire story of mean and cancer so much that fish actually does the opposite; it reduces the chances of getting cancer.

You could read more about the World Health Organization’s take on the matter here.
Although it seems like steak is the villain in this story. It actually isn’t. We need to eat red meat but in moderation. This is because red meat contains minerals and amino acids that we wouldn’t get from other sources. The world health organization recommends consuming no more than 450g of cooked red meat a week, or 700g of raw meat. Processed foods and meats should be avoided as much as they possibly could as they have nitrates added to them that make them relatively harmful to our body.

About one-third of our daily protein consumption should come from plants sources. The recommended daily protein intake is 0.8g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Initially, it sounds hard and close to impossible to replace one-third of your meat with grass like products. But there are so many options with great taste and colors. You could have:

  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Buckwheat
  • Almonds
  • Quinoa
  • Peanuts
  • Chick peas
  • Spirulina

It is also recommended eating large amounts of vegetables to accompany your meals. Good examples of these are microgreens which not only help your digestive system; they also enhance your immune system.

So Now You Know

You can see how important is healthy eating and how many ways are to replace large amounts of meat with other products. What are you waiting for? It’s not that hard. Go forth and be healthy!

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