Go vegan for your health
In his daily online nutrition column, Dr. Michael Greger researches popular diet and health advice and provides his expert opinion. In several recent publications, Dr. Greger confirms what many other health experts have said: Cancer cells, including breast cancer, feed on LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
Statins aren’t the answer, since they are associated with more than double the risk of both types of breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma. So Dr. Greger again sides with the experts: People can slash cancer risk by cutting meat and dairy intake and loading up on fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
According to Dr. Jane Plant, British scientist, cancer survivor, and author of The No-Dairy Breast Cancer Prevention Program, “Undoubtedly, the best anti-cancer diet would be to go completely vegan.”
Meat and dairy products are full of cholesterol, saturated fat, excess protein, hormones, and other harmful substances that increase breast cancer risk. But a vegan diet maximizes intake of foods that help us fight cancer — fiber-packed grains and beans and phytochemical-packed fruits and vegetables.
Going vegan is one of the best decisions I’ve made for my health. I hope other women will join me. — Michelle Kretzer, The PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.