The latest study about antioxidants is terrifying
Scientists think they may boost cancer cells to spread faster
C’mon. It’s bad enough that health reporters have been hyping antioxidants for decades. Can’t they just let food be food and rat studies be rat studies? Here’s a sampling of past headlines from the Washington Post:
Antioxidant-rich foods may thwart heart attacks in women
A Honey of a source of antioxidants
Antioxidant-rich diet may protect against eye disease
Antioxidants found in some berries may help protect against heart attack
Green Tea Antioxidant May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s
Terrifying hype is not the antidote for miracle cure hype. The study that prompted the Post’s awful headline is a mouse study about cellular mechanisms for cancer, not food. Blueberries had nothing to do with the study. It’s cancer research that provides a lead for cancer treatment. It’s not nutrition research.
Food is food. We eat it because it’s good. Antioxidants are chemicals. We don’t need to be eating them or reading half-baked headlines about them.
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October 25, 2015