As reported at Nature.com, a major new study by the American Cancer Society found that red meat is strongly associated with colon or rectal cancer. The study tracked 150,000 people in the US over a 10-year period. The people were grouped into three categories. The high red mean category had a 40% higher incidence of colorectal cancer. Those in the high risk group averaged 55-85 grams of red meat a day, roughly equivalent to one average hamburger (less than a quarter-pounder).
The reference for the study itself is A. Chao et al., Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 293, pp. 172 – 182 (2004).
Mormons and all people, actually, would do well to take the revealed Word of Wisdom seriously. The recommendation to “eat meat sparingly” may be important to your health. There is more to living the Word of Wisdom than just avoiding tobacco and alcohol.
It’s time to add a little more wisdom to our lives.