Sunday, 2 December 2012

Eating stuff doesn't cause cancer....

Pie. A very good pie. From Ellisons in Cullingworth
Over recent years assorted nannying fussbuckets and attention seeking "researchers" have bombarded us with tales that warn how those wonderful foods we love are giving us cancer. Not that I was taking any notice but it does seem that it was - to be polite - a little exaggerated. At least according to some American academics:

...US scientists have warned that many reports connecting familiar ingredients with increased cancer risk have little statistical significance and should be treated with caution.

"When we examined the reports, we found many had borderline or no statistical significance," said Dr Jonathan Schoenfeld of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

In a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Schoenfeld and his co-author, John Ioannidis of Stanford University, say trials have repeatedly failed to find effects for observational studies which had initially linked various foods to cancer.

These foods included:

...flour, coffee, butter, olives, sugar, bread and salt, as well as peas, duck, tomatoes, lemon, onion, celery, carrot, parsley and lamb, together with more unusual ingredients, including lobster, tripe, veal, mace, cinnamon and mustard.

Plus, of course, as the Daily Mirror puts it - the "British breakfast":

A health warning on the British ­breakfast was lifted yesterday after scientists ruled that bacon, tea and burnt toast may not cause cancer after all.

After months of stories linking the ­nation’s favourite foods with the disease, US scientists now say there is in fact NO evidence that they are harmful.

What on earth will the Daily Mail publish now?


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