February 1997 Issue

Food Folklore: EN Finds Too Few Facts Among The Fiction

Mothers, brothers, neighbors and friends seem only too happy to dole out nutrition advice—accurate or not. Even strangers spout words of wisdom: Avoid spicy foods if you have an ulcer; eat carrots for good eyesight; don't use aluminum pans—they cause Alzheimer's disease. Are there kernels of truth in such folklore? Or is it all hogwash? Here, EN uncovers the truth about some popular food folklore. True or False? Chicken soup helps relieve symptoms

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