Study Says Being a Lifelong Vegetarian Ups Risk of Cancer

Not so virtuous.
Not so virtuous. Photo: Diana Miller/Corbis

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. 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?


Being a Lifelong Vegetarian Ups Risk of Cancer