Medicine: Boiled Potatoes

A good hearty meal of corned beef, cabbage and boiled potatoes is not only a pleasure to the palate but a pretty pill, for the vegetables are rich in Vitamin C. But not everyone who tucks into this dish is assured of firm joints and healthy blood capillaries, for Vitamin C is a delicate thing, easily destroyed by combination with oxygen or improper cooking. Last week in Nature, Physiologists A. Høygaard and H. Waage Rasmussen of the University of Oslo, Norway reported the results of extensive potato-boiling. They found "16-19% more ascorbic acid...

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