Today we are experiencing and epidemic of diet related diseases which did not exist during pre-agrarian times.
We don’t know why, specifically, there is a such a strong link between red meat consumption and prostate, colorectal, breast cancers, and type two diabetes. It may have something to do with growth hormones which may encourage tumors and cancers to grow much too quickly as are children are. And, who knows how much of these cancers are related to pesticides too. Or, their link to saturated fats. It’s often a combination of different drivers that increase the risk of certain diseases. And that said, there are strong indications that the antibiotics in our meat is encouraging the the epidemic we are facing in resistant bacteria
The same issues with red meat seem to be applicable to dairy, and to chicken, turkey, and pork.
And regular alcohol and sugar intake seems to significantly increase cancer and type 2 diabetes risk too. So, it’s best to stay away from any refined carbohydrates or anything with sweeteners added or that turns to sugar quickly like white pasta, white rice, and white bread.
Eat mostly plant based, 100% whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Eat wild meats and seafood rather than farmed. And eat organic when it needs to be according to EWG’s list of most pesticide laden foods: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
And, eat in a way that takes into consideration the impacts that our consumption is having on the rest of the living planet. The ecosystem of our bodies are directly related to and reflective of the ecosystem of the world. So, when we pour billions of pounds of pesticides on our crops, or deca-millions of pounds of antibiotics into the livestock that we over-consume, or support a food system that is speeding up Climate Change, it all come back to us polluting our bodies and disabling us with disease. By hurting the world, we hurt ourselves.
On that note, please pass the chicken wings and ribs please! It sure isn’t easy to be a good boy!