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Dietary Restrictions Keep Mormons Healthy

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- A professor at UCLA credits LDS prohibitions on tobacco, tea, coffee and drugs for keeping Church members healthier than others in an article that reviews the health benefits of the teachings of several religions. James E. Enstrom, research professor in the school of public health at the University of California, Los Angeles, studies the low rates of cancer and long lives of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Enstrom, who is not a member of the LDS Church, conducted a study of the health of 10,000 LDS Church members over 14 years of age found that they lived an average of eight to 11 years longer than other white Americans.

But some substances prohibited by LDS teachings get support from science. A study in this month's Journal of the American Heart Association finds a link between black tea, which LDS teachings forbid, and healthy arteries in people with heart disease. And red wine also gets raves in the medical journals every few years.


Many faith-based dietary restrictions can benefit body, spirit
Orange co Register 27Jul01 US CA LA N1
By Mayrav Saar


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