To celebrate National Cancer Prevention Month, international animal welfare nonprofit The Humane League is offering two free, downloadable plant-based cookbooks to raise awareness about the cancer-preventing benefits of a plant-based diet.

The Comforting Chickenless Cookbook contains six mouthwatering recipes using mostly simple and accessible ingredients for culinary adventurers to create everything from vegan fried “chicken,” tikka masala, or chimichurri pizza to other classic comfort foods, such as vegan tofu “chicken” noodle soup. (Click here to get The Comforting Chickenless Cookbook.)

The Plant-Based Cookbook — a 39-page gem — includes recipes to create a multi-course compassionate meal, with recipes ranging from delectable soups to mains and desserts. Among the recipes you can sample are roasted cauliflower soup, mushroom millet risotto, and chocolate chip pecan cookies. (Click here to get The Plant-Based Cookbook.)

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Mayo Clinic, which estimates that as many as one-third of those deaths could be prevented through diet and nutrition alone.

The solution is simple.

“Many experts recommend filling your plate with foods that grow from the ground,” the Mayo Clinic wrote in a post. “Decades of research suggest that the best diet for cancer prevention is all about plants. That means lots of fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and little to no meat or other animal products.”

The American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) also notes that eating mostly plant-based foods — whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans — plays a big role in preventing cancer and contributing to a healthier life.

“That’s because plant-based foods are high in the types of fiber, nutrients, and phytochemicals (natural substances) that may help to prevent cancer,” the AICR explains.

Meat-heavy diets also come with “a steep climate price tag,” according to climate solutions NGO Project Drawdown, which notes that flatulence from cattle alone contributes to one-fifth of all global emissions. Shifting to a plant-based diet is a “demand-side solution to global warming.”

Eating a plant-based diet not only improves human health and the climate but has the potential to end the suffering of billions of factory-farmed animals every year.

 

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