Beans vs. Beef
What’s the Real Difference Between Beans and Beef?
Learn about why beans are the healthiest option for all stages of human development with this awesome infographic from Raise Vegan.
The WHO has classified red meat such as beef as a probable carcinogen to humans. Beans are not only nutritionally healthier, but also contain many health benefits.
In the case of red meat, the classification is based on limited evidence from epidemiological studies showing positive associations between eating red meat and developing colorectal cancer as well as strong mechanistic evidence.
Limited evidence means that a positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer but that other explanations for the observations (technically termed chance, bias, or confounding) could not be ruled out.
The strongest, but still limited, evidence for an association with eating red meat is for colorectal cancer. There is also evidence of links with pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
However, if the association of red meat and colorectal cancer were proven to be causal, data from the same studies suggest that the risk of colorectal cancer could increase by 17% for every 100 gram portion of red meat eaten daily.
The Benefits of Beans
Beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. In addition to lowering cholesterol, the high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making them an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.
Beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. With all the nutritional benefits beans and other legumes like lentils are the best choice for your meals!
For more nutritional guidance, check out the awesome Facebook Group, Ask A Plant Based Dietitian which gives 24/7 access to registered vegan dietitians and affordable meal planning options.
Tags: alternative to meat, beans, beans compared to beef, beans nutrition, beef, carcinogen, family meal planning, infographic beans, legumes, meal planning, nutrition facts, red meat, red meat causes cancer