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  1. #11
    Si huye, no lo comas Avatar de Machy
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    Mi padre dejó de comer carne definitivamente cuanto tuvo un cancer de próstata.
    Sería feliz si no hubiese descubierto el dolor de los animales.

  2. #12
    epa, cuidao! Avatar de Malatesta
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    Lloret de Mar (Girona)
    Cita Iniciado por Machy Ver mensaje
    Mi padre dejó de comer carne definitivamente cuanto tuvo un cancer de próstata.
    En una de las charlas del congreso vegetariano de Santander comentaron que la dieta vegetariana reducía las posibilidades de padecer cáncer de próstata, ya que con esta dieta se disminuía la cantidad de testosterona, que es lo que alimenta el cáncer de próstata.
    Pueden robarte el lienzo, pueden arrebatar tus pinceles, te podrán restringir colores, pero no pueden impedir que sueñes.

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    Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk

    Más info (para los muy curiosos, hay miles de estudios referenciados al final)

    Cancer Facts - Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk

    The World Health Organization has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20 percent in developing countries. When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease. Large studies in England and Germany showed that vegetarians were about 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat eaters.1-3 In the United States, researchers studied Seventh-day Adventists, a religious group that is remarkable because, although nearly all members avoid tobacco and alcohol and follow generally healthful lifestyles, about half of the Adventist population is vegetarian, while the other half consumes modest amounts of meat. This fact allowed scientists to separate the effects of eating meat from other factors. Overall, these studies showed significant reductions in cancer risk among those who avoided meat.4 In contrast, Harvard studies showed that daily meat eaters have approximately three times the colon cancer risk, compared to those who rarely eat meat.

    A number of hypotheses have been advanced to explain the connection between meat consumption and cancer risk. First, meat is devoid of fiber and other nutrients that have a protective effect. Meat also contains animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) formed during the processing or cooking of meat. HCAs, formed as meat is cooked at high temperatures, and PAHs, formed during the burning of organic substances, are believed to increase cancer risk. In addition, the high fat content of meat and other animal products increases hormone production, thus increasing the risk of hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.

    In 2007, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) published their second review of the major studies on food, nutrition, and cancer prevention. For cancers of the oesophagus, lung, pancreas, stomach, collorectum, endometrium, and prostate, it was determined that red meat (beef, pork, or lamb) and processed meat consumption possibly increased cancer risk. For colorectal cancer, a review of the literature determined that there is convincing scientific evidence that red meat increased cancer risk and that processed meat, saturated/animal fat, and heavily cooked meat were also convincing of increased risk.5

    Carcinogenic Compounds in Cooked Meat

    Heterocyclic Amines
    HCAs, a family of mutagenic compounds, are produced during the cooking process of many animal products, including chicken, beef, pork, and fish. Even meat that is cooked under normal grilling, frying, or oven-broiling may contain significant quantities of these mutagens.6,7,8 The longer and hotter the meat is cooked, the more these compounds form. In some studies, grilled chicken has formed higher concentrations of these cancer-causing substances than other types of cooked meat.9

    The major classes of heterocyclic amines include amino-imidazo-quinolines, or amino-imidazo-quinoxalines (collectively called IQ-type compounds), and amino-imidazo-pyridines such as PhIP. IQ-type compounds and PhIP are formed from creatine or creatinine, specific amino acids, and sugars.10 All meats (including fish) are high in creatine, and HCA formation is greatest when cooking meat at high temperatures, as is most common with grilling or frying. Consumption of well-done meat and PhIP has been associated with increased risk of breast cancer and colon cancer, as discussed in greater detail below. A recent case-control study at the University of Utah that included 952 subjects with rectal cancer and 1205 controls found that men and women with the highest consumption of processed or well-cooked meat had an increased risk of rectal cancer.11

    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

    Grilling or broiling meat over a direct flame results in fat dropping on the hot fire and the production of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-containing flames. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) adhere to the surface of food, and the more intense the heat, the more PAHs are present.5 They are widely believed to play a significant role in human cancers.12 A fairly consistent association between grilled or broiled, but not fried, meat consumption and stomach cancer implies that dietary exposure to PAHs may play a role in the development of stomach cancer in humans.5

    Breast Cancer

    Countries with a higher intake of fat, especially fat from animal products, such as meat and dairy products, have a higher incidence of breast cancer.13,14,15 In Japan, for example, the traditional diet is much lower in fat, especially animal fat, than the typical western diet, and breast cancer rates are low. In the late 1940s, when breast cancer was particularly rare in Japan, less than 10 percent of the calories in the Japanese diet came from fat.16 The American diet is centered on animal products, which tend to be high in fat and low in other important nutrients, with 30 to 35 percent of calories coming from fat. When Japanese girls are raised on westernized diets, their rate of breast cancer increases dramatically. Even within Japan, affluent women who eat meat daily have an 8.5 times higher risk of breast cancer than poorer women who rarely or never eat meat.17 One of the proposed reasons is that fatty foods boost the hormones that promote cancer.

    According to new findings from the Shanghai Women's Health Study, soy food intake provides protection against premenopausal breast cancer when consumed during adolescence and as an adult. The usual dietary intake of 73,223 Chinese women during adulthood and adolescence was assessed after a mean follow-up of 7.4 years. Those with the highest intake of soy protein or isoflavone versus those with the lowest had about half the risk of premenopausal breast cancer regardless of age at time of consumption. No significant association with soy foods was found for postmenopausal breast cancer.18

    The consumption of high-fat foods such as meat, dairy products, fried foods, and even vegetable oils causes a woman’s body to make more estrogens, which encourage cancer cell growth in the breast and other organs that are sensitive to female sex hormones. This suggests that, by avoiding fatty foods throughout life, hormone-related cancer risk decreases. A 2003 study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that when girls ages eight to ten reduced the amount of fat in their diet—even very slightly—their estrogen levels were held at a lower and safer level during the next several years. By increasing vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans, and reducing animal-derived foods, the amount of estradiol (a principal estrogen) in their blood dropped by 30 percent, compared to a group of girls who did not change their diets.19

    Harvard researchers recently conducted a prospective analysis of 90,655 premenopausal women, ages 26 to 46, enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II and determined that intake of animal fat, especially from red meat and high-fat dairy products, during premenopausal years is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Increased risk was not associated with vegetable fats.20

    In addition, researchers at the Ontario Cancer Institute conducted a meta-analysis of all the case-control and cohort studies published up to July 2003 that studied dietary fat, fat-containing foods, and breast cancer risk. Case-control and cohort study analyses yielded similar risk results, with a high total fat intake associated with increased breast cancer risk. Significant relative risks for meat and saturated fat intake also emerged, with high meat intake increasing cancer risk by 17 percent and high saturated fat intake increasing cancer risk by 19 percent.21

    Several studies show meat intake to be a breast cancer risk factor, even when confounding factors, such as total caloric intake and total fat intake, are controlled.22,23 Part of the reason may be that meat becomes a source of carcinogens and/or mutagens, such as HCAs, that are formed while cooking meat at high temperatures. A review of HCAs showed that certain HCAs are distributed to the mammary gland and that humans can activate HCAs metabolically.24 As a consequence, frequent meat consumption may be a risk factor for breast cancer.22

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    Colorectal Cancer

    As with breast cancer, frequent consumption of meat, particularly red meat, is associated with an increased risk of colon cancer.25,26 Total fat and saturated fat, which tend to be substantially higher in animal products than in plant-derived foods, and refined sugar, all heighten colon cancer risks. At Harvard University, researchers zeroed in on red meat, finding that individuals eating beef, pork, or lamb daily have approximately three times the colon cancer risk, compared to people who generally avoid these products.26,27 A review of 32 case-control and 13 cohort studies concluded that meat consumption is associated with an increase in colorectal cancer risk, with the association being more consistently found with red meat and processed meat.12 And, in the recently published Cancer Prevention Study II, involving 148,610 adults followed since 1982, the group with the highest red meat and processed meat intakes had approximately 30 to 40 percent and 50 percent higher colon cancer risk, respectively, compared to those with lower intakes.28 In this study, high red meat intake was defined as 3 ounces of beef, lamb, or pork for men and 2 ounces for women daily, the amount in a typical hamburger. High processed meat intake (ham, cold cuts, hot dogs, bacon, sausage) was defined as 1 ounce eaten 5 or 6 times a week for men, and 2 or 3 times a week for women—the amount in one slice of ham. In addition, earlier studies have also indicated that those consuming white meat, particularly chicken, have approximately a threefold higher colon cancer risk, compared to vegetarians.29

    Secondary bile acids are probably part of the problem. In order to absorb fat, the liver makes bile, which it stores in the gallbladder. After a meal, the gallbladder sends bile acids into the intestine, where they chemically modify the fats eaten so they can be absorbed. Unfortunately, bacteria in the intestine turn these bile acids into cancer-promoting substances called secondary bile acids. Meats not only contain a substantial amount of fat; they also foster the growth of bacteria that cause carcinogenic secondary bile acids to form.

    Cooking methods that promote the formation of HCAs are believed to play a significant role in colorectal cancer risk. A case-control study in North Carolina that analyzed meat intake by level of doneness, cooking method, and estimated intake of HCAs in 620 colon cancer patients and 1038 controls, found that not only was red meat intake positively associated with colon cancer risk, but also pan-frying was the riskiest way to prepare meat due to high HCA formation.30 Confirmation of the link between frying and colorectal cancer risk was adduced in the review mentioned above, where high frying temperature was found to increase colon cancer risk almost twofold, and rectal cancer risk by 60 percent.12

    Colorectal cancer is steadily becoming more common among young adults, according to an American Cancer Society analysis. Incidence rates among adults ages 20 to 49 increased 1.5 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women from 1992 to 2005. The increase may be tied to rising rates of obesity, a major risk factor for colorectal cancer. Increased consumption of meat (especially in fast food) over the past three decades could also be a key factor. Previous studies have suggested that diets free of red and processed meats and rich in plant-based foods may significantly reduce colorectal cancer risk.31

    Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer is one of the leading cancers among men in the U.S., and researchers have explored a number of possible dietary factors contributing to prostate cancer risk. These include dietary fat, saturated fat, dairy products, and meat, as well as dietary factors that may decrease risk, such as the consumption of carotenoids and other antioxidants, fiber, and fruit. As with breast cancer risk, a man’s intake of dietary fat, which is abundant in meat and other animal products, increases testosterone production, which in turn increases prostate cancer risk. One of the largest nested case-control studies, which showed a positive association between prostate cancer incidence and red meat consumption, was done at Harvard University in an analysis of almost 15,000 male physicians in the Physicians’ Health Study.32 Although this study primarily analyzed plasma fatty acids and prostate cancer risk, the authors found that men who consumed red meat at least five times per week had a relative risk of 2.5 for developing prostate cancer compared to men who ate red meat less than once per week. The most comprehensive dietary cohort study on diet and prostate cancer risk reported on nearly 52,000 health professionals in Harvard’s Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which completed food frequency questionnaires in 1986.33 The report, based on 3 to 4 years of follow-up data, found a statistically significant relationship between higher red meat intake and the risk of prostate cancer, with red meat as the food group with the strongest positive association with advanced prostate cancer. These and other study findings suggest that reducing or eliminating meat from the diet reduces the risk of prostate cancer.34

    A new review published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics assessed whether certain modifications in diet have a beneficial effect on the prevention of prostate cancer. Results suggest that a diet low in fat, red meat, dairy, and calcium, yet high in fruits and vegetables is beneficial in preventing and treating prostate cancer. Consumption of highly processed or charcoaled meats, dairy products, and fats seemed to be correlated with prostate cancer.35

    Other Cancers

    Although not as extensively studied as breast, colon, and prostate cancer risk, a number of studies have concluded that meat consumption may play a significant role in kidney and pancreatic cancer risk. Three of eight case-control studies examining the relationship between renal cell carcinoma and meat consumption found a statistically significant increase in risk with a high consumption of meat. In addition, a prospective study in Japan found that people consuming meat daily had higher death rates from kidney cancer than those eating meat less frequently.5

    Red meat and high glycemic index foods could be risk factors for kidney cancer, according to a 2009 study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Researchers studied food questionnaires for 335 people with renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer, and 337 healthy controls. They found that men and women who ate red meat five or more times a week were more than four times as likely to develop the disease, compared to those who consumed red meat less than once a week. The study also found that white bread, white potatoes, and other high glycemic index foods increased the cancer risk threefold. High glycemic index foods affect insulin-like growth factors, which impact tumor development.36

    Pancreatic cancer is relatively uncommon, yet it is frequently fatal, with fewer than 20 percent of cases surviving for one full year. Daily meat intake has been shown to be associated with increased pancreatic cancer risk in a number of prospective, cohort, and case-control studies.5 Some of these studies have singled out beef and pork consumption and have concluded there is a higher risk for pancreatic cancer with a higher intake of these foods.5

    According to a new study, fat from red meat and dairy products is associated with increased risk of pancreatic cancer. As part of the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study, researchers followed and analyzed the diets of more than 525,000 participants to determine whether there is an association between dietary fat and pancreatic cancer. This same study found no association between plant-food fat and pancreatic cancer.37

    A recent study in the British Journal of Cancer found that vegetarians are 12 percent less likely to develop cancer than meat-eaters. After following 61,000 meat-eaters and vegetarians for over 12 years, researchers also discovered that cancers of the blood—such as leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma—were drastically reduced by as much as 45 percent for those following a vegetarian diet. Although this study points to an overall reduced risk, this may well be an underestimate of the benefit of a vegetarian diet. Previous studies have shown as much as a 40 percent reduced risk for all cancers.38


    Two themes consistently emerge from studies of cancer from many sites: vegetables and fruits help to reduce risk, while meat, animal products, and other fatty foods are frequently found to increase risk. Consumption of dietary fat drives production of hormones, which, in turn, promotes growth of cancer cells in hormone-sensitive organs such as the breast and prostate. Meat is devoid of the protective effects of fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other helpful nutrients, and it contains high concentrations of saturated fat and potentially carcinogenic compounds, which may increase one’s risk of developing many different kinds of cancer.

    Vegetarian diets and diets rich in high-fiber plant foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits offer a measure of protection.5 Fiber greatly speeds the passage of food through the colon, effectively removing carcinogens, and fiber actually changes the type of bacteria that is present in the intestine, so there is reduced production of carcinogenic secondary bile acids. Plant foods are also naturally low in fat and rich in antioxidants and other anti-cancer compounds. Not surprisingly, vegetarians are at the lowest risk for cancer and have a significantly reduced risk compared to meat-eaters.39

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    Referencias y fuente

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    Fuente: Cancer project

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    ¿Alguien sabe cual es la razón por la cual la proteína de origen animal (carnes, lácteos, etc) hace aumentar el insulin like -growth factor, mientras que la de origen vegetal no lo hace?

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    El cancer y la dieta vegetariana

    Interesante artículo The cancer Project y la asociación americana del cancer, asi que quien no quiera hacerse vegetariano por amor a los animales al menos que lo haga por amor a si mismo ;-)



    Cancer Prevention and Survival: La Comida Vegetariana Poderosa para la Salud
    La dieta vegetariana ha sido propuesta por muchos, desde filósofos como Platón y Nietzsche hasta líderes políticos como Benjamín Franklin y Ghandi, e ídolos modernos como Paul McCartney y Bob Marley. La ciencia también apoya la dieta vegetariana, existiendo muchos estudios que demuestran sus beneficios para la salud.

    Ser “vegetariano” significa no comer producto animal alguno, incluyendo todo tipo de pescado o aves. Los vegetarianos que consumen huevo y leche o sus derivados se denominan “ovo-lacto-vegetarianos” (ovo=huevo, lacto= leche). Quienes evitan por completo todo producto de origen animal se llaman vegetarianos puros o “vegans.” Se ha demostrado que los ovo-lacto-vegetarianos son más saludables que los que comen carne, y los vegans lo son más que los ovo-lacto-vegetarianos.

    La Prevención de Cáncer

    La dieta vegetariana previene el cáncer. Muchos estudios epidemiológos y clínicos muestran que los vegetarianos tienen un riesgo cincuenta porciento menor de morir de cáncer que los no-vegetarianos.1 De forma similar, el número de casos de cáncer de mama es mucho menor en países como China, donde se come una dieta basada en vegetales. Es interesante que las mujeres japonesas que comen una dieta no vegetariana, en vez de su dieta tradicional, tienen ocho veces mayor riesgo de desarrollar un cáncer de mama.2 Los vegetarianos son también menos afectados por el cáncer de colon.1 Lo que se come del animal casi siempre es alto en grasa y muy bajo en fibra. La carne y productos lácteos contribuyen a muchos tipos de cáncer, incluyendo los de colon, mama, próstata y otros órganos. El cáncer de colon ha sido directamenta asociado al consumo de carne. Las dietas ricas en grasa estimulan la producción de estrógenos, en particular de estradiol, altos niveles del cual se asocian al cáncer de mama. Un estudio reciente demostró la asociación entre el consumo de productos lácteos y un mayor riesgo de desarrollar cáncer de ovario. El proceso de digerir la lactosa (azúcar de la leche) para convertirla en galactosa, evidentemente daña el ovario.3

    Los vegetarianos evitan la grasa animal—asociada al cáncer —y consumen mucha fibra y vitaminas, buenos preventivos de esta enfermedad. El análisis de la sangre de los vegetarianos demuestra un nivel más elevado de leucocitos especializados en atacar las células cancerosas.4

    La Lucha contra las Enfermedades del Corazón

    La dieta vegetariana previene también las enfermedades cardíacas. La carne es la fuente principal de grasa saturada, y casi la única fuente principal de grasa saturada, y casi la unica fuente de colesterol en la dieta. Los vegetarianos evitan estos productos de alto riesgo. Adicionalmente, la carne no contiene fibra, que ayudaría a reducir los niveles de colesterol.5 Un estudio demostró incluso que una dieta vegetariana—pobre en grasas y rica en fibra—asociada a modificaciones del estilo de vida—como el ejercicio y el dejar de fumar—, podía revertir el proceso de aterosclesosis.6

    El Control de la Hipertensión

    Ya desde comienzos de siglo los especialistas en nutrición notaron que los que no comían carne mantenían una presión arterial màs baja.7 También se descubrió que simplemente dos semanas de dieta vegetariana bastaban para reducir la presión,8 independientemente de los niveles de sodio en la dieta.

    La Prevención y la Reversión de la Diabetes

    La diabetes no insulino-dependiente puede ser controlada, y a veces curada, con una dieta vegetariana baja en grasas y ejercicio diario. La dieta pobre en grasas pero rica en fibras y carbohidratos complejos permite una acción más efectiva de la insulina, con un control más fácil de los niveles de azúcar en la sangre. En la diabetes insulino-dependiente, la dieta vegetariana no elimina la necesidad de inyectar insulina, pero permite reducir la cantidad de este medicamento. Hay científicos que piensan que la diabetes insulino-dependiente puede ser causada por una reacción del cuerpo contra las proteínas animales.

    Litiasis Biliar y Renal, Osteoporosis

    Se ha demostrado que la dieta vegetariana reduce el riesgo de formación de cálculos. Las dietas ricas en proteínas, especialmente animales, inducen la eliminación por la orina de calcio y los ácidos oxálico y úrico, que son precisamente los componentes fundamentales de los cálculos renales. Algunos investigadores ingleses aconsejan que las personas propensas a la litiasis renal deben seguir una dieta vegetariana.9 De forma similar, se ha encontrado una relación entre la formación de cálculos biliares y la ingestión de grandes cantidades de colesterol y grasa, típico de las dietas cárnicas.

    Por razones semejantes, los vegetarianos tienen un menor riesgo de padecer de osteoporosis. Como los productos animales inducen la decalcificación del hueso, el comer carne favorece la osteoporosis. Esta enfermedad es menos común en países donde predomina el vegetarianismo, cuando se les compara con Estados Unidos,10 aún cuando en este último país el consumo de calcio es mayor.
    Última edición por vegaluz; 19-mar-2010 a las 13:19

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    Asma Bronquial

    Un estudio sueco de 1985 mostró que los asmáticos que logran mantener durante un año una dieta vegetariana experimentan una dramática reducción en la frecuencia y severidad de sus ataques, y en su consumo de medicamentos.11 Veintidós de las veinticuatro personas estudiadas constataron una mejoría en su enfermedad.


    Algunos se preocupan de que una dieta vegetariana no pueda cumplir con los requisitos nutricionales del cuerpo humano. La realidad es que es fácil mantener una nutrición adecuada, a través de una dieta vegetariana, que garantiza una cantidad suficiente de proteínas. Además, no es necesaria una combinación especial de comidas para obtener las proteínas necesarias, pues cualquier combinación vegetariana lo garantiza. Es cierto que la dieta vegetariana tiene menor contenido proteico que una dieta basada en carnes, pero esto es una ventaja. El exceso de proteínas se asocia, como ya vimos, con la formación de cálculos renales, la osteoporosis, y posiblemente con las enfermedades cardíacas y el cáncer. Una dieta basada en legumbres, granos, frutas y vegetales, contiene la cantidad necesaria de proteínas. No es necesaria la excesiva ingestión proteica de las dietas cárnicas.

    Es fácil obtener calcio a partir de una dieta vegetariana, pues lo contienen muchos vegetales verde-oscuros y frijoles. Los granos, legumbres y frutas contienen una importante cantidad de hierro.

    La Vitamina B12

    Quienes no comen nada de carne, huevos ni productos lacteos, tienen una mayor dificultad en obtener la necesaria cantidad de vitamina B12. La bacteria que produce esta vitamina crece en la tierra y se encuentra entre las raíces, así que un vegetariano puede obtenerle ingiriendo el miso y el tempeh que se comen abundantemente en los países asiáticos. La industrialización y normas higiénicas modernas han conducido a una reducción en las fuentes de vitamina B12, que sí abunda en la carne donde se encuentra la bacteria necesaria para ello.

    Son pocos los vegetarianos que desarrollan un déficit de B12. Sin embargo, es mejor contar con una fuente adicional de la misma, para lo que se recomiendan cereales o leche de soya fortificados, o vitaminas. Esto es especialmente importante para la mujer embarazada y la que está lactando.

    Preocupaciones Especiales: El Embarazo, los Lactantes y Niøos en General

    Las necesidades nutricionales aumentan con el embarazo. La Asociación Dietética Americana ha encontrado que la dieta vegetariana contiene todo lo necesario para un embarazo, pero que tanto las embarazadas como las que lactan deben suplementar su dieta con vitaminas B12 y D. La mayoría de los médicos también recomienda suplementos de ácido fólico y hierro en estos casos, pero los vegetarianos consumen una mayor cantidad de acido folico que quienes consumen dietas cárnicas.

    Las mujeres vegetarianas sufen menos pre-eclampsia durante el embarazo, y producen una leche màs pura después. El análisis de la leche de una madre vegetariana muestra un menor contenido de contaminantes del medio ambiente.12 Se ha encontrado que en las familias con alta incidencia de problemas alérgicos, si la mujer mantiene una dieta vegetariana durante el embarazo, logra reducirse la incidencia de alergia en su descendencia.13 En las que se mantienen tomando leche de vaca, sin embargo, le pasan a su bebé lactante los anticuerpos de este animal, que provocan en el niño problemas alérgicos y cólicos.

    Los niños logran una buena nutrición con la comida vegetariana, debiendo sólo cuidarse de administrarles un suplemento de vitamina B12. La dieta vegetariana prolonga la vida. Los niños vegetarianos pueden crecer más lentamente, alcanzar más tardíamente la pubertad. Esto es algo my deseable para las mujeres pues la menarquia precoz es un factor de riesgo para el desarrollo de cáncer mamario. Además, este más lento desarrollo infantil y puberal prolonga la expectativa de vida.


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  9. #19
    Usuari@ expert@ Avatar de sujal
    Fecha de ingreso

    La carne muy hecha también tiene lo suyo añadido.

    Well-cooked meat 'may increase risk of bladder cancer'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...#ixzz0wZwwCcLG

    El consumo de carne bien cocinada mostró estar ligado a un riesgo casi del doble de desarrollar cáncer de vejiga. Cocinar la carne a altas temperaturas produce sustancias cancerígenas llamadas aminos heterocíclicos. Los participantes en el estudio quienes más consumían tocineta, chuletas de cerdo, pollo frito y pescado frito también mostraron tener un riesgo más alto.

    Vegetarian Diet Vs. Cancer

    Read more: http://usaeu.net/2010/08/vegetarian-diet-vs-cancer/

  10. #20
    En la 4ª dimensión Avatar de Hera_malove
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    Al sol de la Toscana

    Para que luego digan que el tabaco es el único causante del cáncer... ¬¬
    No mires el mundo, admiralo. No oigas una melodía , disfrutala. No toques la materia, siéntela. No pruebes la comida, degustala. No huelas una fragancia, deleitala. Y sobre todo, escucha a tu espíritu y despierta tu instinto.

    * La naturaleza no es cruel, sólo es justiciera.

    Sígueme en mi blog: http://lacoctelhera.blogspot.com/


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