Diets High in Animal Products Linked to Alzheimer’s

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recent study found that the heavy consumption of meat and other animal products, typically found in Western diets, raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia.

The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, explains that meat consumption has the strongest link to AD, with the dairy and egg consumption also raising the risk of the disease. The author, Dr. William Grant states that eating less meat could not only reduce the risk of AD, but also “diabetes mellitus type 2, stroke, and, likely, chronic kidney disease.”

According to the findings, while diets high in fruits and vegetables are associated with decreased risk of AD, it is also crucial that animal products be decreased — as consumption of these healthier foods alone “cannot counter the effects of meat, eggs, and high-fat dairy.”

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) reports other studies have produced similar findings, showing the “risk for AD is greater in people with diets high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and total calories and low in fiber, vegetables, and fruits.”

The scientific evidence that meat consumption is a dietary disaster continues to pile up. In a powerful report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), scientists concluded that processed meats like bacon and hot dogs — and likely other meats as well — cause cancer.  A meat-heavy diet has even been found to pose as high a cancer risk as smoking cigarettes!

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