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July 17, 2007 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
Last night, on the national evening news, it was reported that contrary to popular opinion, the ingredients in tomatoes does not prevent many kinds of cancer.
Is there any reason now to eat a nice tomato, mozzarella and basil salad, or even spaghetti marinara?
Mostly, is there a reason for you to continue advertising the benefits of catsup/ketchup on PHC?
I look forward to your opinion.
San Clemente, CA
The Evening News, Sandy, cannot be relied upon for nutritional advice. We know this. Last night they bad-mouthed the tomato and then next week they'll be raving about it. These things go up and down, up and down. Constant revisionism. What we have claimed for the tomato, however, is not a cure for cancer we have only said that it has "natural mellowing agents," particularly when ingested in the form of catchup. I think that this speaks for itself and needs no endorsement from Katie Couric or whoever's news you're watching these days. I am an old hand when it comes to tomatoes, having grown up with a garden that was full of them, and on a day in July, when I had finished hoeing corn, on my way back to the house to read a book, I always picked a fresh tomato and wiped it off and ate it, warm, raw, and that taste is one I remember to this day. It made a person's toes tingle. The Fifties were not the happiest time, what with the Cold War and all, but the tomato did a lot to lighten the burden, in my opinion. If you are turning away from the tomato, Sandy, what will you turn to? The pomegranate? The orange? The parsnip? Arugula? Somehow these seem like pale substitutes to me. You can't dump a whole species just because of one bad rap. It's like San Clemente itself, which is permanently associated in the minds of older Americans with the word "disgrace," simply because You Know Who went there after leaving Washington. Well, it's unfair to you and to other San Clementeans. Give Tomatoes A Chance. That's all I'm saying.