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The connection between chemicals in your food and cancer isn't new. Back in 2010, President Obama's cancer panel released a report highlighting the importance of eating chemical-free food to avoid cancer. (Read a summary here and the report here.) Yet we regularly meet people who don't make the connection.
Another issue I run up against as a vegetarian is the idea that I don't get enough protein. The inevitable first question upon learning I don't eat meat is "How do you get protein?" According to this article in Forbes Americans eat twice as much protein as they need. Plus, animal protein carries a higher risk of cancer; getting it from plant sources significantly reduces the risk of cancer.
Bottom line if you want to reduce your risk of cancer: eat chemical-free food that is mainly plant based.