Regarding the Oct. 27 news article “Processed meat linked to cancer”: When consumers hear that red and processed meats cause cancer, they might wonder: What doesn’t? The list of carcinogens we encounter on a daily basis seems neverending.
Well, here are a few foods not on that list: carrots, raspberries, tomatoes, apples, peppers, potatoes, brown rice, eggplants, blueberries, whole wheat bread, cucumbers, walnuts, black beans, bananas, oats, oranges, lentils, almonds, avocados, pineapples, zucchini, melons, pinto beans, strawberries.
Plant-based foods are nature’s ultimate anti-carcinogen. They contain fiber and phytonutrients, both of which are protective against cancer and neither of which is found in animal products.
As a nurse, I choose to follow a largely plant-based diet and encourage my friends, family and patients to do the same. It’s the best way to ward off cancer, as well as many other diseases.
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With so many delicious, non-carcinogenic options available, why take the risk?