Hello and happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week- I’ve been adjusting back into normal life after my trip to Tanzania. I’ve actually been completely exhausted since getting home- I guess the trip took more out of me than I realised. With that in mind I don’t plan to do much over the weekend but relax and spend time at home.
I’ve been catching up on some reading over the last few days, so as usual, here are my most interesting finds. Feel free to share your comments below!
SHOULD WE BE CUTTING DOWN ON OUR MEAT CONSUMPTION?
Bex and I are both vegetarians, although I eat fish as well. We were never meat lovers anyway and so decided we could do without it. We’re by no means preachy and I have no problem with other people choosing to eat meat. This week, however, I came across some interesting research which I thought I’d share. If anything, it may encourage you to join in with meat free monday! So here’s what I found…
- PROCESSED MEATS ARE SHOWN TO INCREASE RISK OF COLON CANCER
The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified processed meats such as sausages, bacon and ham as carcinogenic following research showing that their consumption increases the risk of colon cancer. The WHO stated that each 50g portion of processed meat eaten daily increased the risk of colon cancer by 18%. That puts them in the same group as cigarettes, alcohol and asbestos, which came as a massive surprise to me. Non- processed meats were considered as “probably carcinogenic” but placed in a lower risk group due to lack of evidence. I by no means want to scare you- there are many factors that contribute to your risk of getting cancer, and this is just one of them. It just came as a big surprise to me so thought I’d share it on the blog 🙂 (1)
- CUTTING AIR POLLUTANTS SUCH AS METHANE COULD SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES PER YEAR
A new report from the WHO has shown that reducing emissions of black carbon, ozone and methane could save millions of lives per year. The report stated that exposure to outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause 3.7 million premature deaths per year from diseases such as ischaemic heart disease, lung cancer and COPD- all of which can be caused by exposure to pollutants. The WHO made many recommendations to try and reduce emissions, one of which was to encourage a shift from a meat based diet to a vegetarian one as the biggest source of methane is from livestock. If you eat meat everyday, perhaps this may give you inspiration to try a few veggie meals instead! (2)
- MEDITERRANEAN DIET MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN CELLS!
Research has shown that people that follow a Mediterranean- like diet, which includes less meat and more fish were found to have larger brain volumes. It showed that sticking to a Mediterranean diet could equate to five years less ageing. Pretty impressive!
ARE YOU OVERDOING THE AVO-ON- TOAST?!
It seems like that the current avocado obsession has got a little out of control. Often deemed as a “superfood” it seems none of us can get enough from having it on toast or added to a smoothie. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that the new craze for avocado with everything isn’t that sustainable and avocado growing countries can’t quite keep up. Perhaps a new craze is needed… have a read of this to find out more.
AND TO BRING US ALL BACK DOWN TO EARTH…
It seems that you can’t be healthy enough these days and the meaning of what it actually means to be healthy has been completely lost along the way, leaving people confused about what they should be eating. Sigh. This is a great post, basically telling us all to chill out and not be so obsessed. Definitely worth a read 🙂
SO, THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK! AS USUAL, I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS,
- BMJ 2015;351:h5729
- BMJ 2015;351:h5688