According to a recent study, women who are infected with a virus called the bovine leukemia virus (BLV) might have an increased risk of breast cancer. Researchers tested breast tissue of 239 women for BLV and found that 59 per cent of those who had breast cancer also had BLV. Based on the study data and after taking other risk factors into consideration, the odds of having breast cancer were three times higher if BLV was present.
Study discovers a component of meat is transformed into a very dangerous compound by gut bacteria
L-carnitine is a substance found mostly in red meat, smaller amounts are also in chicken meat, eggs and dairy, and even smaller amounts are found in beans and avocados. A pioneering study set out to investigate what happens to this substance when digested by either vegans or meat-eaters because the two diet groups have such different gut bacteria it was assumed likely to determine the end product.