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Do Meat Substitutes Cause Cancer?

Is bacon cause cancer?

If you have thought about taking the steps to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you may have one pressing question pounding in the back of your mind. Do meat substitutes cause cancer? This is a very difficult answer to tackle as there is a myriad of meat substitutes on the market, all containing very similar, as well as very different ingredients. The fear of cancer is very valid as we, the consumers, are constantly being provided with different information surrounding this topic. Having no distinct root cause as well as now definite cure, cancer can be this heavy rain cloud we carry around with us at all times. Therefore, I will do my best to clear up this misconception of the connection between meat substitutes and cancer risk.

To oppose this question, we can talk about the very prevalent correlation between the consumption of real meats and cancer. There have been many studies that have taken place covering the link of processed meats to cancer. For example, the World Health Organization has deemed meats such as salami, ham, and bacon as Group 1 carcinogens. What this means is that the link between these two groups is strong. The World Health Organization has also proven meats such as beef, lamb, and pork – red meats – to be probable causes of cancer. So, the next time you are thinking about taking the steps towards a more meat-free life, think about these studies. Rather than worrying so much about the possible links of meat substitutes to cancer, think about the definite links between meat and cancer.

Substitutes for meat and cancer risk

So why do people worry about substitutes for meat and cancer risk? When the Beyond Meat burger and Impossible burger were released on the market, there were some concerns about the ingredients within these products. People weren’t as excited about the genetically modified ingredients as they were about having a new meat replacement. These meat replacements in particular have both high fat and sodium contents which people fear. The benefit to these meat substitutes as well as all substitutes is that they are derived from plants. Although it is valid to fear the mysteries of genetically modified foods, it is more important that we steer clear of antibiotic injected and unnatural meats. With the consistent rise and growth of consumerism, factory farming is adopting more and more unhealthy and unethical practices. Stuffing their animals with antibiotics and unnatural growth hormones to speed up growth processes is terrible for the animals which in turn makes it terrible for the consumer. Factory farming is a terrible thing that exists in our society today, impacting the health of the animals, the environment, and the human race. If worried about your health and potential risk of cancer, I recommend getting your meat from local farmers rather than large corporations. I also recommend introducing more meat alternatives to your lifestyle.

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So, has it been scientifically proven that the consumption of meat substitutes leads to cancer? No. Has it been scientifically proven that the consumption of processed meats leads to cancer? Yes. The fear of the unknown is totally normal and nothing to be frustrated with. What is most important when it comes to our health and well-being is that we discover what works best for the individual. Everyone’s genetic makeup is individual to one’s self therefore what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. I challenge you to explore what foods make you feel your best, physically, emotionally, and mentally. We are what we eat so make it something that will fuel you rather than slow you down. With time I am sure more studies will be released about the correlation between meat substitutes and cancer, but for now, I say enjoy them!

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