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  • Meat Tax Would Prevent 220,000 Deaths

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | December 3, 2018

    Meat taxes global health. So why not have a meat tax? New research shows that a tax on red and processed meat – such as hot dogs, bacon and deli meat – could save millions of lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.

    Researchers from the University of Oxford estimate that in 2020, global meat consumption will result in $285 billion in health care costs and 2.4 million deaths from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer. But a global meat tax could help prevent 220,000 deaths and decrease health care costs by $41 billion. It would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

  • Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Should Drop the Hot Dogs to Fight Cancer

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | September 26, 2018

    hot-dogsProfessional sports have some influence over the American public. The Philadelphia Flyers just introduced Gritty, the hockey team’s new hot-dog-loving mascot. Well, I have some news for Gritty: hot dogs don’t love you back. So skip Flyers Dollar Dog Night to protect yourself from colorectal cancer.

    Hockey is no place for hot dogs. The World Health Organization says hot dogs and other processed meat – like pepperoni, bacon and deli meat – are “carcinogenic to humans” and major contributors to colorectal cancer. In fact, eating just one hot dog a day can increase cancer risk by 18%. Read more

  • Reduce Cancer Risk With Plant-Based Foods

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | June 4, 2018

    plant-based-foodsA new major report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends emphasizing plant-based foods to reduce cancer risk.

    The new report – Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective – analyzed data from 51 million people to create a global blueprint for preventing cancer. The researchers found strong evidence that consuming both red meat and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. They also found that there is evidence that consumption of dairy products could increase the risk of prostate cancer. The report notes that overweight and obesity are linked to 12 different types of cancer. Read more

  • EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2018

    by Paula Gallagher | May 15, 2018

    fruit_brighterThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out its 2018 report of the most pesticide ridden produce on the market, the Dirty Dozen™. They also have a Clean Fifteen™ list with fruits and vegetables considered to contain the least amounts of pesticide residue.

    Strawberries nabbed the top spot on the Dirty Dozen list, for the third year in a row. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating. They found that a single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides. Read more

  • Don’t Let Hot Dogs Strike You Out This Baseball Season

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | April 2, 2018

    hot-dogThis past Thursday, the Major League Baseball teams celebrated Opening Day – kicking off a season of increased colorectal cancer risk for baseball fans. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, baseball fans are expected to eat more than 19 million hot dogs during the 2018 season. But even eating just one hot dog a day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, which kills more than 50,000 Americans per year.

    In 2015, the World Health Organization released a report declaring hot dogs and other processed meats “carcinogenic to humans.” Read more

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