Why Doctors Are Going Plant-Based?
Many doctors, dieticians, and other health professionals advocate for a plant-based diet. In part, this is because of the health risks associated with animal products. There is an increasing body of evidence that links meat consumption—particularly that of red and processed meats—with chronic illness.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), eating 50 grams of processed meat per day—four strips of bacon or a single hot dog—can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by up to 18 percent. Diabetes, liver disease, cardiovascular diseases, and colon cancer are all linked to eating meat.
Minh Nguyen, a registered dietician with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), has said that there is “no safe amount” of meat. In stark contrast, nutrient-dense plant-based foods are thought to minimize the risk of—and, according to some experts, cure—certain health conditions.