Meat Additives to Diminish Toxicity

Meat Additives to Diminish Toxicity
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How meat scientists justify their promotion of foods associated with cancer risk.

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Realizing that the link between meat and cancer is so strong—particularly processed meat—a new article in the journal Meat Science asked, “Should we become vegetarians, or can we make meat safer?” There’s a bunch of additives, for example, that can suppress the toxic effects of heme iron, the blood iron that’s found in meat. These additives are still under study, but could provide an acceptable way to prevent colon cancer, because evidently avoiding meat is just out of the question.

I mean, if the National Cancer Institute recommendations to reduce meat consumption were adhered to, sure, cancer incidence may be reduced—but farmers and the meat industry would suffer important economical problems.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Realizing that the link between meat and cancer is so strong—particularly processed meat—a new article in the journal Meat Science asked, “Should we become vegetarians, or can we make meat safer?” There’s a bunch of additives, for example, that can suppress the toxic effects of heme iron, the blood iron that’s found in meat. These additives are still under study, but could provide an acceptable way to prevent colon cancer, because evidently avoiding meat is just out of the question.

I mean, if the National Cancer Institute recommendations to reduce meat consumption were adhered to, sure, cancer incidence may be reduced—but farmers and the meat industry would suffer important economical problems.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Tim Murtaugh / Flickr

 

Doctor's Note

Cancer risk is just one reason why Plant Protein is Preferable. If we were truly to follow the science, the fast food, junk food, and meat industries would really be in trouble. See Trans Fat, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero.  How do they get away with this? See Dietary Guidelines: Science Versus Corporate Interests, and Dietary Guidelines: USDA Conflicts of Interest. What might healthier dietary guidelines look like? See Dietary Guidelines: It’s All Greek to the USDA. And what effect might that have on our public health? See Dietary Guidelines: From Dairies to Berries, in which a solution is reached in which both farmers and consumers can benefit.  For more, see my other videos on industry influence, and hundreds of other videos on more than two thousand topics.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Harvard’s Meat and Mortality StudiesUsing Greens to Improve Athletic Performance; and Should We Avoid Titanium Dioxide?

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