Dealing with doctors over your diabetes diet
Q: I have heard that you can eat more meat on a reduced-carbohydrate plan. I am concerned about eating more meat because I've also heard that there is a link between meat and cancer. Is this true?
A: No. The evidence suggesting that meat-eaters have more cancer came largely from just one study that looked at vegetarian Seventh Day Adventists.16 They did have less cancer than the average American population. But a similar study among meat-eating Mormons found that, in them, cancer was even lower than that of Seventh Day Adventists.17 It seems that stress plays a large part in cancer and many other conditions. What the various studies show is people who belong to supportive groups, such as tightly knit religious groups, have a lower incidence of these diseases regardless of what they eat. Traditional Inuit and Maasai, eating nothing but meat, have no cancer at all. This is probably because cancer is a response to a high-carb diet.
Q: But doesn't the latest research prove that a high animal fat diet increases the risk of breast cancer?
A: No, it doesn't. If eating animal fat increased the risk of breast cancer, one would expect that populations that eat more animal fat would have more breast cancer. Yet they don't. Populations from the Maasai in the tropics to the Inuit in the Arctic, who eat diets where eighty percent of the calorie intake is in the form of animal fats, don't get breast cancer or any other form of cancer.
The evidence shows that the fats which increase cancer risk are the 'healthy' polyunsaturated vegetable margarines and cooking oils
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