Can A Vegetarian Diet Really Prevent Cancer?

By Chandana Rao

Attention, meat lovers! If you are someone who cannot go even a day without consuming a meat-based dish, then there you could be wondering if your diet habits are entirely healthy, right?

Well, even before the beginning of civilizations, humans primarily consumed meat by hunting animals.

So, a meat-based diet has been a part of the human food chain since time immemorial.

However, with the advancements in civilizations and societies, religions and castes came into existence and along with them certain beliefs and traditions.

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So, many people now stick to vegetarian diets, because of certain religious beliefs.

There are a few other people who do not consume any animal products, including milk, cheese, etc., and they are called the vegans.

Some of the vegans and vegetarians follow these diets as they condone harming animals which are used as food.

Whatever the reason could be, according to the statistics, there are more meat eaters in the world compared to vegetarians and vegans.

Now, we ourselves could be meat eaters or would know many people who consume meat on a regular basis, right?

So, when we read or hear somewhere that a meat-based diet could be unhealthy, we may be rather skeptical about that piece of news, as we may not have had any health issues linked to consuming meat.

We must understand that each type of diet has its own pros and cons.

A meat-based diet is high in nutrients like protein, iron, minerals, etc., which are very much necessary for health.

While a purely plant-based diet is usually low in protein content and high in fibres, vitamins and minerals.

Recently, there has been a debate going on in the medical science field, which questions whether a purely plant-based diet can prevent or even treat cancer.

Let us find out what researchers have to say about that, here.

Can A Plant-Based Diet Help Prevent Cancer?
As we all know by now, cancer is a deadly disease which has a very high fatality rate.

Cancer is a disease in which there is an abnormal multiplication of cells in the body, which eventually destroys the tissues and organs.

Cancer can affect anyone, without a warning, regardless of age and gender and many types of cancers cannot be cured at all!

In fact, even when efforts are made to cure cancer, the disease may come back any time and take the life of a person!

Some of the common types of cancer are brain tumours, breast cancer, prostate cancer, blood cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, etc.

Many a times, the symptoms of cancer occur only when it is too late for any kind of treatment.

Recently, a research study conducted in Cornell University said that our diet plays a key role when it comes to preventing and treating cancer.

A primarily meat-based diet may increase the development and growth of cancerous cells in the body, as some of the types of meat can contain a high number of hormones and enzymes which are harmful for the human body.

A plant-based diet is rich in antioxidants and fibres, which can destroy the cancer cells effectively.

In conclusion, researchers opine that a vegetarian diet could be helpful in preventing cancer.

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    Story first published: Monday, September 4, 2017, 15:00 [IST]
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