Medicine: Is Spinach Dangerous?

The moppet in Carl Rose's famed New Yorker cartoon who said "I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it," got some support last week from an unexpected quarter—the deadly serious letters column of the deadly serious British Medical Journal. The B.MJ. had recently pontificated that "spinach would seem to be particularly valuable for the nutrition of children, provided they can be persuaded to acquire a liking for its somewhat bitter taste." Not so, snapped back a London husband & wife team, Physician Joan E. Bamji and Chemist Nariman S. Bamji:' the stuff has too much oxalic acid in...

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