Chapter 6Sift For SenseFrom Streams Of Complexity
We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.
Are French fries carcinogenic?
A Swedish study reported in 2002 that starch-based foods such as French fries, potato chips, rice and cereal contain acrylamide, which was linked to cancer in lab experiments. Did you stop eating these foods as a result? If you had, you'd have been surprised nine months later by a follow-up study. It found that these foods, while they do contain acrylamide, do not appear to cause cancer.
And the whipsaws continue: "Fried Food Ingredient Mutates DNA, Study Finds," proclaims a Reuters headline on June 17, 2003, above a story noting that acrylamides damage DNA by causing mutations. A few weeks ...