Study says being a lifelong vegetarian ups risk of cancer

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If you're considering losing your veginity and embracing meat, a new study out of Cornell University offers a strong incentive: Eating a long-term vegetarian diet apparently increases the risk of both cancer and heart disease, owing to genetic mutations. This study seems legitimate, as the researchers "compared hundreds of genomes from a primarily vegetarian population in Pune, India to traditional meat-eating people in Kansas and found there was a significant genetic difference." It's been a rough stretch for vegetarianism, which also isn't as earth-friendly as people think.

Then again, scientists have recently linked carbs and grilled meat to lung cancer, so what food aren't "dangerous" in some way or another?

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Study says being a lifelong vegetarian ups risk of cancer

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Casey Affleck

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Kristen Bell

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Russell Brand

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Alan Cumming

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Carrie Underwood

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Miley Cyrus

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Al Gore

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Jenny McCarthy

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Demi Moore

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Jason Mraz

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Sandra Oh

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Ellen Page

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Brad Pitt

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Natalie Portman

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"Wierd Al" Yankovic

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Alicia Silverstone

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