Vegetarians Live Longer   


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Vegetarian men
early death
risk reduction:

source: The German Cancer Research Center

Vegetarian women
early death
risk reduction:

source: The German Cancer Research Center




“Just one ounce of processed meat per day increases your risk of stomach cancer by 15 percent to 38 percent.” 
Source: Larsson SC, Orsini N, Wolk A. Processed meat consumption and stomach cancer risk: a meta-analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2006 Aug 2;98(15):1078-1087.

Every 1.7 ounces of processed meat consumed per day raises colorectal cancer risk 21 percent. 
Source: World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. Washington, DC: AICR, 2007.

A Harvard study of more than 40,000 health professionals showed that those who ate hot dogs, salami, bacon, or sausages two to four times per week increased their risk of diabetes by 35 percent. Those who ate these products five or more times per week experienced 50 percent increased risk. 
Source: Van Dam RM, Willett WC, Rimm EB, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB. Dietary fat and meat intake in relation to risk of type 2 diabetes in men. 

Useful Links
Eating quarter pound of red meat a day raises mortality risk: study (CBC News)
Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk ( PLoS Medicine )
Vegetarian Diets: Position of Dietitians of Canada and the American Dietetic Association (Dietitians of Canada )
Excess Body Fat Causes Cancer  (American Institute for Cancer Research :AICR)
Vegetarian Diets for Pregnancy   ( Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine )
Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease ( Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine )
Vegetarian Diets for Children: Right from the Start ( Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine )
Red and Processed Meat Consumption Significantly Increases Cancer Risk (
Cancer Facts - Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk (
Healthy Eating for Life: Food Choices for Cancer Prevention and Survival (