Happy Earth Day! Save the planet...AND your colon at the same time!

Today is the perfect day to self-reflect & review your carbon footprint and come up with things you can do to help preserve mother earth. One of the most helpful things you can do is REDUCE OR STOP EATING RED MEAT due to its colossal carbon footprint. But consider this-- not only will you help save the planet, you'll also decrease your own risk of colon cancer!  If you've read my blog then you might already know-- red meat and processed meat are actually carcinogens and increase the risk of colon cancer.  Here's the scoop:

Stop red meat --> save your planet

- Greenhouse gas emissions ranking

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  • Lowest impact: beans, fish, nuts and egg
  • Medium impact: Poultry, pork, milk and cheese
  • HUGE impact: beef, lamb and goat. (Yes, consider beef the new Hummer SUV)

-Beef uses 28x more land per calorie consumed and 2-4x more freshwater than the average of other livestock categories

- We waste SO much meat — we throw away ~20% of what we produce — so all that carbon was generated for nothing!

Stop red meat --> save your colon

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As per the The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO):

- Processed meat is carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.  Each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18% (the more you eat, the higher your cancer risk). To put it in perspective, other Group 1 carcinogens= ionizing radiation, tobacco, mustard gas, Orange I…

- Red meat is probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A), based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect.  This effect was observed mainly for colorectal cancer but associations also seen with pancreatic cancer. To put it in perspective, other Group 2A carcinogens= biomass fuel emissions, DDT, nitrogen mustard...

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So next time you feel tempted to order that burger... be mindful of the effect it will have not only on your colon... but on your planet! 

Respect your gut. Respect your planet.