Carnivores might want to reconsider having that burger for dinner, and doubly reconsider putting bacon on it. Americans are becoming more mindful of what they eat and this has led to many more people adopting a vegan diet, and it’s a trend that isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
The wellness industry has been growing popularity and seems to have everyone ditching their steak for some green juice. And with the latest reports from the World Health Organization concerning meat consumption and its connection to cancer, you can definitely expect the number of vegans, who currently make up about 2 percent of the United States population, to rise.
Red Meat and Cancer…
The report by the WHO found sufficient evidence that the consumption of processed meat, such as bacon or hot dogs, is carcinogenic to humans and is a cause of cancer. It also noted that red meat is a probable cause. This has many rethinking their diets and just how much they really want that double cheeseburger.
While it is definitely concerning, readers should note that the World Health Organization has warned against overreacting to the report. “The I.A.R.C. classifications describe the strength of the scientific evidence about an agent being a cause of cancer, rather than assessing the level of risk,” the panel said in a statement.
To put it more plainly, this means that while scientific evidence shows clear correlations that both cigarettes and processed meats are causes of cancer, the two are nowhere near as equally dangerous. Tobacco products increase a person’s risk of cancer by 20 percent and by comparison the risks associated with processed meats are significantly smaller. But that does not mean you won’t certainly benefit from a meatless diet in addition to reducing your future risk of cancer. You don’t have to have somebody tell you smoking is bad for you to know that you should quit.
No Detrimental News for Vegans
Many people are finding other benefits from a vegan diet than just a clearer conscience. This article tells of one woman who battled a skin disorder by cutting meat and dairy from her diet. After six months, the condition actually reversed itself because she switched up what she was consuming. The woman was so impressed by the experience that she was inspired to become a certified health coach and started her own health-food business centered on juice cleanses and vegetarian fare.
When weighing the pros and cons of adopting a vegan lifestyle, there’s little question as to the wealth of positive influences it can have on a person’s life. As more people become concerned with what goes into their bodies and more aware of the many delicious dishes that are available, we predict that “vegan” will cease to be a dirty word very soon.