TL;DR young adult females who eat a lot of red meat have been linked to higher rates of breast cancer in later life.
I've been umming and ahhing (yes, they are words THANK YOU) about whether to touch this article or not...
one of *those* people. You know, the ones which you invite round to dinner only
to find out that they don't eat what you're serving. Pain in the arse
I'm vegetarian. Ovo-lacto to be exact and have been for around 13 years now. I enjoy my lifestyle, I don't think I
need to get into the debate about WHY I chose not to eat animals (ooooh, loaded
language, get that) and I'm not asking you to do the same thing. Hell. Eat all
the animal you want, except for a few years now there's been some contention in
eating a lot of animal.
A one point on MFP you couldn't open
your browser into the home window without being bombarded with arguments about
WHO had the superior lifestyle. Studies flew around like bullets, arming the
people behind them with some sort of perceived protection for their way of life.
Champions to the cause and all that. I don't engage in pointless conversations
about what YOU eat, which is why it took me a few days to decide to talk about
this news article. Dare I go there? Ooooh, she did. With Race for Life coming up
in my local town of Crawley I've been thinking a lot of the message from Cancer
Research UK and associated cancer charities. It's one I agree with and promote
whole heartedly - look after yourself and account for your lifestyle
As a vegetarian I have to confess to a
little bit of smugness when I read about these sorts of things, but there have
been arguments for and against going around for ages. What's different about
Well, this story, or one very
similar surfaced about a year ago. I remember coming under attack after making a
(not very....) snarky comment in the forums about how I'm obviously queen of the
world for not eating meat (duh, I'm just queen of the world.....my world that
is....and my cat's. Dave loves my world....we dress up together 0_o oh. TMI)
aaaanyway. The comment wasn't awfully snarky but apparently I touched a raw
nerve. Apparently you need to defend your lifestyle choices to complete
strangers who really don't care what you do on a daily basis AS THOUGH IT WERE
WAR. WE ARE SPARTA.
No jokes. Don't try and be funny. It's serious.
Well, turns out it is. The article
keeps resurfacing linking red meat to various forms of cancer. Now, as a
vegetarian it doesn't really surprise me. I mean, eating another animal which
has chemicals put into it for various reasons it would seem common sense that
that could cause changes in our own cellular structure. Cancer being an outcome
But there is NO CLEAR link, this
article says, between eating red meat and between cancer. So what is this
article trying to say?
Well, I think it
reflects the same message I come out with almost daily: be aware of what you're
eating, balance it and be accountable for your lifestyle. Of course eating "too
much" of anything could cause death from one cause or another. Along with
smoking, drinking or anything that you do. I mean, if you think about it, 100%
of people who drink water die.
My point is,
you can link anything to anything when you try hard enough and this is what this
article really seems to be doing. If you think of the demographic of women who
eat a lot of red meat, who are they? Do they like drinking wine with their
dinner? Or having a cigarette after they've eaten? Do they exercise before or
after dinner? Do they drink enough water? Who knows - this article doesn't look
at commonality with other factors associated to developing breast cancer or in
fact any of the life style choices and young woman might
The real message from this article? Don't be silly, eat sensibly and don't pump yourself full of
toxins. No brainer really.
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