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Eat less meat, more vegetables to stay healthy

I refer to Jessica Lim's article, Losing My Appetite Over Food Studies (Life, Nov 8).

The writer was all encompassing in listing the current issues regarding food and their impact on health.

The latest bombshell is a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report states that the daily consumption of processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. It also states red meat probably causes cancer.

In terms of impact, this pales in comparison to what I read in a book I had picked up just a few weeks earlier titled The China Study.

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Set up in 1983 and conducted by the world renowned Dr T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, The China Study concluded that the consumption of animal protein causes chronic diseases (such as diabetes and high cholesterol), heart disease and cancer.

Consumption of plant-based foods, on the other hand, helps to promote good health.

So, to stay healthy, eat less animalbased food and eat more plant-based food in moderation.

Dr Colin Lim

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2015, with the headline 'Eat less meat, more vegetables to stay healthy'. Print Edition | Subscribe