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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Beware Atkins Dieters!

Just when you thought it was safe to start your Atkins diet, a new study by the American Cancer Society reveals that eating red meat may increase the risk for certain types of cancer.  In the study, [p]articipants recorded their meat intake in 1982 and again in 1992-93. Those with a high meat intake were about 30 to 40 percent more likely to develop lower colon or rectal cancer than those with a low intake."  Unfortunately a related study also shows that eating lots of fruits and vegetables doesn't necessarily help prevent certain other types of cancer.   The breast cancer study found no protective effect from fruits and vegetables in women questioned about diet and followed for an average of about five years.  I guess I will just stick to eating chocolate.  [bm]

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be specific. it was red meat. taking white meat or fish does not increase these types of cancer.

Posted by: lippy | Jan 21, 2005 3:35:35 AM

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