Diets high in meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking: People under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes, study suggests.
The important caveat there has to do with the age at which meat and dairy products really have a harmful effect on you--under age 65. This is not unlike the smoking effect. Most smokers start young and the ill-effects accumulate. That seems to be the story with meat and dairy, as well, at least until past middle-age.
The overall harmful effects seen in the study were almost completely wiped out when the protein came from plant sources, such as beans and legumes, though cancer risk was still three times as high in middle-aged people who ate a protein-rich diet, compared with those on a low-protein diet.
But whereas middle-aged people who consumed a lot of animal protein tended to die younger from cancer, diabetes and other diseases, the same diet seemed to protect people's health in old age.
My take-away from this is that a vegan diet is really the most healthy for you--and there are a lot of good vegan role models (Carrie Underwood doesn't seem to suffer from following a vegan diet--just saying...). It is also the healthiest diet for the planet, as I've mentioned before.
BTW--if you want to be blown away by a fabulous vegan meal, book a reservation at Candle 79 (79th and Lexington) next time you're in NYC.