High-protein cancer link

| Post published on June 2, 2006
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A high-protein diet can increase levels of hormones linked to cancer according to new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This study showed that people who ate what was called a ‘low-protein’ diet (0.73 grams of protein per kg of body weight – which is just under the recommended daily amount of 0.75 grams), had significantly lower serum levels of growth factors and hormones linked to certain cancers than people consuming 1.23 grams – the amount of protein a standard Western diet, high in sugars, processed and refined grains and animal products, contains.

Fontana et al., 2006. Long-term low-protein, low-calorie diet and endurance exercise modulate metabolic factors associated with cancer risk. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 84 (6) 1456-1462.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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