The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1998 · Page 46
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Eat Smart By dean Carper Vitamin C is safe, U.S. experts counter A RECENT BRITISH study suggested that taking 500 milligrams of vitamin C daily might cause genetic damage, possibly leading to cancer and arthritis. But leading U.S. researchers dismiss the study. "It's bad science," declares antioxidant expert Bruce Ames at the University of California at Berkeley. His colleague Lester Packer adds that "numerous studies clearly demonstrate the antioxidant effects of vitamin C." Prominent vitamin C researcher Balz Frei, of Oregon State University, says vitamin C's antioxidant benefits observed in the study outweighs its measure of harm by 1,000 percent. "You have to look at the big picture, not a single study," Frei says. His bottom line: 500-l,000mg of vitamin C daily is not harmful. Cancer advice: Beware red meat T o prevent cancer, choose fish and poultry over red meat. If you eat red meat, restrict it to less than 3 ounces a day (the size of a deck of cards). That's the new anti-cancer dictum in a 700-page report from an international group of experts headed by John D. Potter of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Heeding "global dietary guidelines" could prevent 3-4 million cases of cancer worldwide yearly, say scientists. Theu: advice: • Only "occasionally" eat cured, smoked meats and meat or fish grilled or broiled in direct flame. Do not eat charred food. • Eat 15-30 ounces (five or more servings) daily of a variety of fruits and vegetables. • Eat 20-30 ounces (seven servings) daily of a variety of legumes, cereals, roots and tubers. • Don't drink alcohol, or limit it to fewer than two drinks a day for men and one for women. • Restrict fatty foods, especially animal fats, salt, refined sugar and heavily processed starchy foods. • Avoid being underweight or overweight, and don't gain more than 11 pounds as an adult. ©1998 Kiraberly-Claik Corporation layers, not two, IdCare* handles the at comes with allergies? the softest tissue hypo-allergenic' ••,,.,-, place tQJWJhiswergy season. are ^^3<TIISUI our nose needs'. A crunchy anti-cancer dip Easy Cheesy Tofu Dip 8 ounces soft tofu, mashed 3 Tbs. crumbled gorgonzola cheese 3 Tbs. chopped walnuts 1 thinly sliced green onion with 3 inches of green 'A cup non-fat sour cream Salt, to taste Combine all. Serve with apple wedges or sesame flatbread. Makes ! J /2 cups. Per tablespoon: 16 calories, Ig protein, Ig carbohydrates, Og fiber, Ig fat (0.2g saturated), 14mg sodium. News flash: A chemical in tofu, genistein, thwarts the spread of brain cancer in cell cultures, says University of Vermont College of Medicine research. ... Eating apples reduces lung cancer risk, shows a new analysis of diet and cancer among 9,959 Finnish men and women. Senna not for diots T he herb senna has been used since ancient times as a laxative. In fact, Ex- Lax now uses senna as its main ingredient, replacing phenolphthalein, which the FDA proposed to ban as a carcinogen. Used responsibly, senna is safe, says herbal authority Varro Tyler, Ph.D., formerly at Purdue University. When abused, as in misguided attempts to lose weight, such "stimulant" laxatives can produce nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea, which could result in impaired colon function or death, warns the FDA. California requires such laxatives to cany warnings. C3 "Eat Smart, " Jean Carper's cutting-edge nutrition column, appears weekly. Review her scientific sources and past reports at the Web site www.usaweekend.com. USA WEEKEND • May 15-17, 1998 7

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