Contributed by Karen Hirsch, The Humane League
Want to prevent cancer and live longer? The key to doing both is as close as the produce section of your favorite grocery store! According to the American Institute of Cancer Research and The Mayo Clinic, plant-based diets, which exclude all animal products, are consistently linked to lower cancer risk. Alternatively, eating more meat has been shown to increase the risk of developing cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more. For optimal cancer prevention and longevity, eliminate or reduce meat and eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. The phytochemicals that give them bright colors can also help prevent cancer.
Unsure about what to eat on a plant-based diet? The Humane League has many helpful resources to help! First, two free cookbooks will be offered in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month. The free downloads of The Comforting Chickenless Cookbook and the Plant-Based Cookbook are available here at no charge. These cookbooks are full of delicious, new recipe ideas that are easy to cook. You can also find useful information here about plant-based eating, including the first steps to take, how to stock your pantry, how to shop on a budget, tips for eating out, and more!
While some people may be fine switching to an all plant-based diet at once, others may prefer to start smaller by adding in veggie-based meals a few times a week. Do whatever works best for you and your family to ensure that you are set up for success!
Eating a plant-based diet not only improves human health but also reduces the suffering of billions of animals raised for food on factory farms. These animals are tragically confined to extremely crowded spaces, often with no room to lie down or access sunlight during their short lives. Further, since livestock emissions account for an estimated 37 percent of greenhouse emissions worldwide, leaving meat off your plate helps the environment. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, by 2050, a total of 65-92 gigatons of global emissions could be avoided by eating a plant-based diet.
About The Humane League
The Humane League is a global animal protection nonprofit that exists to end the abuse of animals raised for food. Since its founding in 2005, The Humane League has focused on effectively ending the worst abuses in factory farming, securing strong animal welfare commitments from major food service providers, restaurants, food manufacturers, and hospitality leaders around the world, changing the lives of billions of farm animals suffering every day.