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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk about two issues that have been in the media lately – red and processed meat & sugar.  Many of you may have heard about these studies going viral before, but we thought it was worth talking about today. It’s important to see the whole picture and to think about it again when it’s not fresh in everyone’s news feeds. This give you an opportunity to interpret the details in an objective manner.  

We hope you enjoy the show!


In this episode we discuss:

  • Our quote of the day: “The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well”. ~Alfred Adler
  • The WHO’s statement about red and processed meats
  • The IARC Working Group
  • What is red and processed meat
  • What this means for us
  • Dr. Robert Lustig’s study on sugar consumption
  • The results
  • Not all calories are created equal
  • Sugar in processed foods
  • Reading labels
  • Our FB Moms’ Question: “Hey Plant Trainers, tell us more about sprouting”.  


Links to things we mentioned:

World Health Organization – Press Release 

BBC Report – Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO

Obese Children’s Health Rapidly Improves With Sugar Reduction Unrelated to Calories

Clip interviewing Dr. Lustig – What Does 10 Days Without Sugar Do To Our Bodies?

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2 thoughts on “Processed Meats & Sugar Go Viral – PTP047”
  1. Avatar Jonathan Stoll

    I thought the Podcast was very well done and thorough. Both Adam and Shoshana went through very important issues that needed to be addressed. Personally, I have researched a lot about this topic, but even so, the podcast enhanced my understanding of processed meat and sugars. I have heard of the World Health Organization’s article, but I never fully read it. On the Podcast, when I heard that eating 50g of processed meat a day raised your chances of cancer to 18%, I was completely shocked – but, I am a bit skeptical. Does this research mean you have a 18% chance of developing cancer any time during your life? How many years of eating 50g of processed meat per day will equal to a 18% increase? When you were talking about the comments on the article, you mentioned that many of them were negative and disagreed with the article. You then said that it doesn’t matter whether you disagree with the article or not, the point is that one has to acknowledge the information. I thought this point Adam and Shoshana made is very important. Just because you disagree with someone or some thing, this does not mean you should not listen to them at all. The information is there for you to learn. The sugar segment of the Podcast was also very interesting. The research conducted with the obese children was fascinating. I liked the fact that Shoshana pointed out that they switched the sugars with starches, which, in turn, made them healthier, but they didn’t lose weight. Even if you’re making your “waistline smaller,” this does not necessarily mean that you’re any healthier. You could be losing weight the wrong way. That was something I never really thought about before. Furthermore, when Adam spoke about losing weight and counting calories, he mentioned quality over quantity. I thought this was a very important lesson. Care more about what you are putting into your body, instead of how much. Overall, I enjoyed the Podcast and learned more than I expected. Thank you for sharing.

    • Avatar admin

      If eating 50g of meat a day increases your chances of getting cancer by 18%, does it really matter how long? The evidence shows that consuming these meats increases your risk of cancer – isn’t that enough to say stop eating it?

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