Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey Stewart are backing a campaign called “Let’s Beat Breast Cancer.” The movement encourages women to adopt a vegan diet as part of an approach to prevent breast cancer.

Backed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the campaign encourages women to follow a vegan diet, limit alcohol, exercise and maintain a healthy weight. Most doctors agree that reducing alcohol, adding exercising and maintaining a healthy weight are all important to health.

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Does being vegan lower your risk of breast cancer? Because a plant-based diet is anti-inflammatory, they reduce the inflammation which could lead to cancer. Filling up on fruits, vegetables, and plant-based proteins like lentils and beans are all part of a vegan diet. Doctors also recommended high-fiber, low-fat diets to reduce estrogen levels. Reduced estrogen lowers the risk of cancer.

Krista Maruschak, a registered dietician Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center said of anti-inflammation diets, “Inflammation in the body can cause a whole host of health conditions and co-morbidities. And inflammation is really increased by … refined carbohydrates, like white breads, white pastas, white rice, sweet desserts, as well as high fat, saturated fat, and meats like red meat.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine echoed the above statement, with breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk saying, “The healthiest meals are plant-based, low fat, and high fiber: an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole grains like brown rice and oats, non-animal proteins such as lentils, beans, and soy.”

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