Vegan Diet

Vegan

Key Points

  • Eliminates all animal products, including meat, and dairy
  • The largest study that looked at diet and cancer - The China Study - points to a vegan diet as having the lowest statistical chance of cancer.
  • Proteins are available by eating a variety of vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

A vegan diet is unique in that it eliminates ALL animal food products.  Unlike a vegetarian diet that eliminates meat, a vegan diet takes it a step further and also eliminates dairy products like cheese. 

Some studies, and in particular a very large study called The China Study, have shown a link to large quantities of animal proteins in the diet to higher rates of cancer.   Proponents of the vegan diet say that eliminating animal protein can virtually stop cancer in its tracks. 

Since there have been some prominent vegans who have been diagnosed with cancer, this can't be completely true - there are many factors that contribute to cancer (environmental factors, etc). 

However, our goal is to do our best to fight cancer from every angle.  A balanced vegan diet certainly features many cancer fighting foods, and eliminates foods that may stimulate cancer, so done properly it can be a great way to battle cancer.

Be careful when choosing any extremely restrictive diet.  Work with a nutritionist or your doctor.