There are many benefits becoming a vegan, but don’t just believe us – read what the experts are saying below. If you aren’t vegan already, you will be after reading these articles!

Prostate cancer studies reveals dangers of dairy

Very few people are willing to tell the truth about dairy. But the fact is that it is anything but the healthy food that the dairy industry would like to tell you. 

Consuming lots of dairy could raise the risk of men developing prostate cancer, a review of evidence has suggested. The research, based on tracking more than one million participants for up to 20 years, is not the first to suggest that dairy is linked to prostate cancer. It is thought eating large quantities of dairy increases the amount of insulin-like growth factor (IGF) inside the body.

The protein interacts with cells and causes a ‘cascade of reactions’, according to the World Cancer Research Fund International.

Prostate Cancer UK says the link between the disease and dairy products ‘might be because of the calcium in them’ – but added that scientists don’t know for certain.

The review, which analysed studies published since 2006, was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr John Shin, lead author, has now called for more trials to investigate the link between dairy products and prostate cancer. Discussing the findings, he said: ‘Our review highlighted a cause for concern with high consumption of dairy products.’

Results also showed men who stuck to plant-based diets were less likely to develop prostate cancer.

The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends a plant-based diet to slash the risk of cancer because of the ‘protective nutrients’. Dr Shin and colleagues pointed out the rate of prostate cancer is higher in Western countries, where people tend to consume more dairy.

More than 47,000 men each year are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Britain. The disease claims the lives of 11,000 people each year.

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No compelling reason to cut back meat?

A panel of 14 researchers from seven countries just produced a study finding no compelling reason to cut back on meat. However, they left out the most important part…

Americans consume, on average, more than a half a pound of meat per day – more than our counterparts in any other country. Should we eat less? A panel of 14 researchers from seven countries (all of whom claim to receive no meat-industry funding) just produced a study finding no compelling reason to cut back.

There’s a catch, however: “Considerations of environmental impact or animal welfare did not bear” on their conclusions, the study states. The researchers looked purely at health considerations: whether eating red meat, and also processed meat (think preserved products like sausage, bacon, etc.) increases the risk of cancer, diabetes, or cardiovascular trouble. After crunching data from dozens of red-meat and processed-meat studies, they found “low- to very low-certainty evidence” that reductions in either might produce slight decreases in bad health outcomes. The evidence was so shaky, and the potential health improvements so minor, that the panel concluded that adults can “continue current consumption” of burgers and sausages without major health consequences.

However, human health is about more than individual cases of heart disease or cancer. The US style of industrial meat production is a driver of climate change. And climate change brings all manner of health risks, from broadening the range of disease vectors like mosquitos to food shortages to increasing risk of deadly floods, fires, and heat waves. And there’s a pretty solid consensus that if we’re going to avoid the ravages associated with a 2°C rise in average temperatures over pre-industrial levels, then we’re going to have to cut way back on meat.

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What is it about vegans that make people so uncomfortable?

Maybe it’s because we remind you of the mental gymnastics required to say you care about animal welfare and the climate while you keep eating meat.

The vegans are at it again. 2019 – much like every year – has been a difficult one for us green-collared criminals. While supermarkets across Australia have seen overwhelming expansions in their plant-based offerings, public perceptions of our lifestyle remain as low as our feared B12 count.

What is it about us vegans that makes people just so damn uncomfortable?

The caution around our dietary requirements is arguably warranted. Many assert that veganism just isn’t an option to a large chunk of the population. The labour and cost of sifting through nutritional requirements, alongside inflated pricing for plant-based meat alternatives, is often too great. It’s additionally false to claim that food accessibility is in any way democratic. Many live in areas – popularly termed “food deserts” – where access to fresh produce or even supermarkets is difficult. Meat, dairy and other animal products are also staples to a variety of cultural and religious groups. In Australia, for example, our overtly masculine and sunburnt culture has a real appetite for red meat, namely beef, as per the annual promotional campaigns. The intersections of class, race, culture and veganism makes for a recipe that’s pretty damn hard to swallow.

Other arguments against veganism swerve to the climate crisis, mandating that individual choices (veganism) shouldn’t take priority over real structure “top-down” changes to how carbon emissions are managed.

All these arguments are fair and reasonable, but they’re just not good enough. Most of the people arguing about food deserts and cultural food artefacts live in urban centres with no real cultural connection to their beef souvlaki. Citing that my Lord of the Fries fix isn’t as important as government policies and priorities is understandable – if you’re also ready to forgo recycling and other eco-friendly measures.

No, I’d argue that most people find vegans annoying because it’s one of the only social justice causes whose point of entry is entirely negotiated by real, quantifiable, fundamental behaviour change.

Everyone thinks of themselves as a good person. But it’s much easier to slap “Feminist as Fuck” on your T-shirt and #BlackLivesMatter in your Twitter bio than it is to actively support animal welfare and the climate through an upheaval of your current lifestyle.

Everyone says they care about all these issues, but the mental gymnastics of saying you care about the Amazon burning while simultaneously ordering that beef souvlaki is perhaps just far too laboursome. Instead, it’s much easier to reroute your frustrations at those pesky vegans.

Next time you spot a vegan in the wild, don’t ask them why they’re a plant-muncher; maybe ask yourself – really truly ask yourself – why you’re not.

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Plant-based meal planning

Whether you’re already into meal planning and want to transition towards a plant-based diet or you’re already a vegan and want to reap the benefits of meal planning, this will be incredibly helpful. Read more

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