This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I hope everyone will take a cue from the nationwide Women’s Health Initiative study showing that women who eat lots of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains — rather than meat, cheese, and other fatty foods — are around 20 percent less likely to die from breast cancer, and go vegan.
Vegan foods are generally low in saturated fat and calories, which is significant because cancer has been linked to excess weight. Wholesome vegan foods also contain phytochemicals, which knock out carcinogens and fight inflammation.
We can all reduce our risk for cancer and other deadly diseases by eating vegan foods instead of animal-based ones. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, people who go vegan reduce their risk of developing any form of cancer by 18 percent.
And since vegan foods are animal- and environmentally friendly, as well as tasty and affordable, there’s absolutely no downside to eating nutritious, cancer-fighting foods. For more information and a free vegan starter kit, see www.PETA.org.