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November 11, 2007

Beef and cancer

As a registered dietitian, I know that, contrary to statements made in a recent letter (11/6) by an employee of the Kansas Beef Council, meat consumption is linked to an increased cancer risk in numerous studies.

A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that in the Cancer Prevention Study II, the group with the highest meat intake had an approximately 50 percent higher colon cancer risk compared with those with lower meat intake.

An analysis in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which examined more than 90,000 pre-menopausal women, showed that women who consumed 1and a half or more servings of red meat per day had nearly double the risk of developing hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer — the most common type of breast cancer — than women consuming three or fewer servings of red meat per week.

There are many food and lifestyle choices we can make to reduce our risk of cancer. Avoiding meat may lower our risk of disease, and it gives us room to fill our plates with known cancer-fighting foods, like tomatoes, broccoli, black beans and other low-fat, vegetarian fare.

Jennifer K. Reilly
Senior nutritionist, The Cancer Project
New York

Comments

Engineer

jack
Got a kick out of your last paragraph too.

BuddyT

Lower case your last first paragraph really cracked me up, lol.....

jack

She eats lots of broccoli and black beans. Sleeping next to her must be a real treat.

For a long time it has looked to me like they have no proven that, no matter what you do, you will eventually get real sick and die.

At the same time I have paid attention when they interview people over the age of 100. I don't think I've ever heard one extol the virtues of eating broccoli. I've heard them brag about cigars, liquor and active sex lives---but never broccoli or black beans.

Looks to me like those that live a long life have two things going for them. Good genetics and a passion for life.

Stifled Freedom

And in the 1980s, they said butter and eggs were a death sentence. They told us to use margarine instead and avoid eggs.

I notice eggs are now considered part of the "essential diet" as I saw on MSNBC. And now we must switch back to butter because margarine is loaded with transfats.

The truth is. They dont really know.

Lost_In_Ambivalence

Wow Jennifer

Perhaps it is the hormones and antibiotics that are constantly injected into our beef rather than the beef itself. If we were to return to spraying our crops with arsnic and lead bases pesticides, perhaps you would be screaming for an end to vegetarian fare.

BuddyT

mmmm,broccoli and black beans, can't wait..

 
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