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Plant-based Diets Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

High meat diets tend to be linked to more dementia.

A 10-country study of the per capita supply of meat and other animal products (not milk) demonstrated that the higher the supply in the 5 years before diagnosis the higher the risk of Alzheimer's disease. This was correlative and could not pinpoint cause and effect. The authors suggest it might be saturated fat or the copper and iron that is more readily absorbable from meat in contrast to plant-based foods.

PositiveTip: Choose plant-based foods like vegetables, fruit and whole grains to lower your risk of dementia.

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Plant-based Diets Reduce Risk of Cataracts

Plant-based diet found to reduce the risk of cataracts by 30-40%

A British study of over 27,670 participants investigating the relationship between diet and the incidence of cataracts has found a progressive decrease in cataract risk with decreasing animal product consumption.  High meat eaters defined as eating >100 grams per day (about 4 ounces) had the highest rates of cataracts compared with moderate and low meat eaters (4% lower), fish eaters (21% lower), vegetarians (30% lower) and total vegetarians (40% lower).

PositiveTip:  A wisely chosen plant-based dietary pattern, as originally designed by the Creator, appears to be best way of preventing disease--including cataracts.

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Eating Animal Protein Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Limiting animal protein intake may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

A 10-year European study of over 38,000 participants found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is increased by eating animal protein. Investigators discovered that meat, milk and cheese, and all sources of animal protein increased risk, but no risk was associated with vegetable protein from various sources. A plant-based diet has been shown to decrease the risk of disease and improve longevity.

PositiveTip: Try transitioning to a plant-based diet by gradually increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. 

Meat and Poultry Harbor Staph

The staphylococcus aureus bacteria (also known as Staph) is a common cause of skin infections in the United States. This germ causes painful, red, swollen boils that drain thick pus. Under some circumstances, Staph can invade deeper into the body and cause infections of internal organs, heart valves, and even death. Staph is increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics and is difficult for doctors to treat.  

Now beef, pork, chicken and turkey in grocery stores have been found to be contaminated with types of Staph which are highly resistant to antibiotics. The Translational Genomics Research Institute cultured 136 meats from 26 grocery stores across five states. A full 47 percent of these meats were contaminated with Staph aureas. 

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Multi-drug Resistant Staph Found in Supermarket Meats

One in four packages of meat and poultry contain multi-drug resistant staph.

Arizona researchers purchased various cuts of meat from supermarkets in five U.S. cities, and found 47% of them contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, a very common pathogen. Surprisingly, 96% of the staph isolates were resistant to at least one common antibiotic, and 52% were resistant to at least three that are commonly used in human and veterinary medicine. Could the heavy use of antibiotics in farming contribute to these resistant strains?

PositiveTip: Minimize your risk by proper handling of these foods in your kitchen--or avoid them by becoming a vegetarian.

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Human Infections from Bambi!

Hunter's beware: deer carry Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7. Improperly cooked meat can cause illness.

Major outbreaks of illness caused by Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 are often associated with food contaminated with bovine feces. Researchers in Missouri have found 5 patients infected with this organism from eating deer sausage produced by an unlicensed in-home processor with poor sanitation and refrigeration.

PositiveTip: Hunters: Make sure to adequately refrigerate and cook your bounty to avoid illness.