In an ironic twist, the Austin Minnesota-based Hormel Institute published an opinion recommending a plant-based diet for cancer prevention.
The full article appeared in the February 2011 issue of Nature Reviews Cancer. The authors suggest that the main cancer preventative benefits result from specific phytochemicals in the plant, but they also suggest that each individual may benefit most from a unique combination.
The USDA has even replaced the food pyramid with a new image that shows half a plate of fruits and veggies. Now if they could just get rid of the dairy and make the protein (meat) section smaller.
Pass the veggies!