For dessert, as it were, ABC and CBS both offered features about nutrition that does not come from food. In her In Focus feature, CBS' Sharyn Alfonsi publicized the book Natural Causes by Dan Hurley, who claims that the $20bn-a-year nutritional supplement industry produces no benefits to the 38% of Americans who use them: "There is no good evidence that these products are safe and effective and there is plenty of evidence that many of them are unsafe or ineffective or both," the author asserted. Alfonsi showed us an extreme case--a woman whose nose was burned off from using an herbal skin paste. The industry, needless to say, disagrees with Hurley, dismissing the book as "not credible."
ABC's John McKenzie scrutinized the fatty acids known as Omega-3, now being added to orange juice and peanut butter and cereals and salad dressings. When derived from sardines or anchovies they may help one's heart, without even making Tropicana's new OJ fishy, McKenzie's taste-tester promised us: "It does not taste like Caesar Salad at all." When their source is flax, the benefits are less proven and the safety remains uncertain, McKenzie warned. "The science is much less conclusive…the best way is the old-fashioned way. Eat fish."
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