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A Doctor Warns: Never Eat These Three Foods

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When asked what one food he would ban if he could, PETA’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Neal Barnard, responded with three: hot dogs, bacon, and ham. We’ll let him tell you why!

In an interview with Forbes magazine, the bestselling author and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine cited those three processed meats as foods that no one, especially children, should ever eat.

In 2007,” he says, “the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research released the most comprehensive review on diet and cancer ever published, prepared by the world’s leading experts, and it was quite damning about the link between processed meat and colorectal cancer. In early 2011, an update to the report encouraged people to avoid processed meats altogether.

But the disease that’s weighing on Dr. Barnard’s mind and that has increased threefold in just the last 30 years isn’t cancer—it’s diabetes. And here again, meat is to blame.

Dr. Barnard notes that the fats that people consume, prevalent in meat, make muscle and liver cells resistant to the action of insulin, triggering diabetes. “The forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is frightening: one in three people born in 2000 will eventually develop the disease,” he says. “The medical burden is bad enough—the average person with diabetes loses well over a decade of life.”

To read the rest of Dr. Barnard’s eye-opening interview, visit Forbes.com. And to find tasty recipes that are 100 percent ham-, bacon-, and hot dog–free, visit our “Living” page.

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    Tina says...

    November 12th, 2011, 8:36 am

    If people continue to eat the SAD diet (Sad American Diet) then they can expect to contract diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to figure that one out, yet they continue to consume this forbidden diet and then complain as if they are a victim of some disease. And what about people crying for a cure for cancer, the cure lies within themselves, for the most part.

    Y.D. Jordan says...

    November 13th, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I believe with all my heart that meat eating is addictive just as bad as nicotine. Otherwise meat eating people would have abandoned these bad food a long time ago.

    Vargini says...

    November 15th, 2011, 9:50 am

    Yes, Jordan you are very right, its an addiction and people can’t get over it, yes, but not just processed meat but all meats can cause cancer, its weird how people knowingly eat something which is deadly for them…

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