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Does Grilling Meat Cause Cancer? Here’s What Science Tells Us.

The warmer weather is finally upon us and nothing says summer quite like hanging with friends at the beach or by the pool and grilling up some of our favorite foods. But is throwing some burgers, hot dogs, and other meats on the grill hazardous to our health? Let’s look at the facts.

Studies have found that when cooked at high temperatures or over open flames, composites in meat undergo a biochemical reaction that creates carcinogenic compounds. Once consumed, these compounds can alter a human’s DNA, significantly increasing one’s risk of cancer.

According to a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, more than 34,000 cancer deaths around the world each year are caused by diets high in processed meat. Thankfully, this biochemical reaction occurs only in meat, so we can easily avoid it by grilling some delicious veggie burgers instead.

But it’s not just grilled hamburgers and hot dogs that are harmful to your health; it’s all meat. Countless studies prove that plant-based foods are significantly healthier than animal products. Scientists have shown that a plant-based diet reduces one’s risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In fact, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that long-term vegetarians lived on average 3.6 years longer than their meat-eating counterparts.

What’s more, a recent study from Harvard Medical School found that at least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone switched to a plant-based diet.

Eating vegan foods isn’t just great for your health; it also protects the planet and spares farmed animals a life of misery.

At factory farms, animals are subjected to intense and horrific abuse: gruesome mutilations; cramped confinement and overcrowding; and violent, bloody slaughter. If we treated just one dog or cat the way the meat, dairy, and egg industries treat billions of animals, we’d be behind bars for animal abuse.


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