Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) inked a multi-year research deal for plant-based meat and cancer prevention.
The research will help ACS continue to build the diet data collection, including advancing understanding the contribution of plant-based meats to a healthy diet, and understanding its potential role in cancer prevention.
“American Cancer Society guidelines have long recommended a diet rich in plant foods with limited intake of processed and red meat. While short-term research studies have shown that switching to plant-based meat improves risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol levels and body weight, research in this area is still in its early stages, particularly in relation to cancer,” said William L. Dahut, M.D. and chief scientific officer at the American Cancer Society.
Essentially, a plant based food company, Beyond Meat boasts a portfolio of plant-based meats made from simple ingredients. Its products include no genetically modified organisms (GMO), nor hormones or antibiotics, and 0 mg of cholesterol per serving. Additionally, the company believes that making the transition from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet will have positive effects on three separate environmental issues: climate change, natural resource constraints and animal welfare. As for September 2022, Beyond Meat products had penetrated into 188,000 retail and food service outlets in over 85 countries.
The American Cancer Society has been dedicating to ending cancer for over 100 years. It’s been using advocacy, research and patient support as tools to improve the lives of people with cancer. Its committed to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat and ultimately, survive cancer.
American Cancer Society and prevention
The agreement will help with ACS’ data collection in its Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3). It will also help build a research portfolio necessary to determine whether plant-based proteins play a part in preventing cancer. The ACS studies help researchers identify risk factors in more than 300,000 participants.
“We are honored to enter this agreement with the American Cancer Society, a leading authority on cancer research. One of our core goals at Beyond Meat is to positively impact human health – and we’re committed to taking action by supporting trusted, scientific and evidence-based research on the benefits of shifting the protein at the center of the plate from animal-based meat to plant-based meat,” said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s CEO.
In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified red meat as carcinogen and noted the increased risk of colorectal cancer. Recent studies have also noted a potential role of red and processed meats in increasing the risk of breast cancer and certain forms of prostate cancer.