Study says being a lifelong vegetarian ups risk of cancer

Processed Meat Causes Cancer, Red Meat Could Too, Says WHO

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?

Related: Did you know these celebrities are vegans?
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Study says being a lifelong vegetarian ups risk of cancer

Pamela Anderson

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Bryan Adams

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Jessica Chastain

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Meredith Vieira

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Casey Affleck

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Andre 3000

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Travis Barker

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Joaquin Phoenix

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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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