Medicine: Health Foods

That comprehensively named subdivision of the Department of Agriculture— the Food, Drug & Insecticide Administration—last week tactfully published warning against exaggerated exploitation of the new "health foods." Those foods include whole wheat, rye, oats, bran and their mixtures, mineral and imitation mineral waters, candy containing calcium, iodized salts, foods with phosphates added, carrot flour bread, a laxative drug, chewing gum containing phenolphthalein (coal tar cathartic). Advertising and labeling has tended to make illogical consumers believe that ordinary diet is insufficient for health, that one or...

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