Meat the truth

Why meat and dairy harm


Meat the truth reportViva!Health reveals the ground-breaking scientific evidence that meat offers no health benefits and is linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other diseases.

It examines the links between red meat, processed meat, chicken and disease and explains why meat causes food poisoning, how BSE, bird flu and antibiotic-resistant superbugs pose an increasing threat that we can’t afford to ignore.

The meat industry has money and influence, so we are fed mixed messages. However, with pressure from groups like Viva! and reports like this, public health guidelines are slowly beginning to change. You don’t have to wait though, read the research for yourself here and make up your own mind!

“This report reveals what the meat industry doesn’t tell you. Find out what substances in chicken, beef, pork and lamb are linked to our biggest killers – heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It will leave you in no doubt about the harm meat does and explains why going meat-free is one of the best things you can do if you want to lead a long and healthy life.”

Dr Michael Greger, physician and international speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health and author of How Not to Die.

This page includes excerpts from our report, Meat the Truth. Download the full report for more information.

Pancreatic cancer and lymphoma

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death. Large geographical variation indicates diet and lifestyle as contributing to the risk of this disease.

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Food poisoning

The vast majority of cases of food poisoning are caused by meat, chicken, eggs, fish or dairy. If plant foods are to blame, it is usually because they are contaminated with animal excreta, human sewerage or handled by someone with dirty hands.

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UK meat consumption – going down!

The average amount of meat eaten per person in the UK is almost double the world average. If you convert it into an average daily consumption, it comes out at 226g of meat per day for the UK.

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The WCRF and WHO have both issued clear warnings about meat and cancer; they have not minced their words! They say processed meats (including processed white meats made from chicken and turkey) do cause cancer and red meat probably does too.

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