We never believed the antioxidant hypothesis…
… (as our graveyards are full of cancer victims who consumed orange juice, red wine and mega-vitamins), but there is no evidence (outside James Watson’s reputation-based speculation) that they are causing cancer either.
“James Watson, co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, lit into targets large and small. On government officials who oversee cancer research, he wrote in a paper published on Tuesday in the journal Open Biology, ‘We now have no general of influence, much less power … leading our country’s War on Cancer.’ On the $100 million U.S. project to determine the DNA changes that drive nine forms of cancer: It is ‘not likely to produce the truly breakthrough drugs that we now so desperately need,” Watson argued. On the idea that antioxidants such as those in colorful berries fight cancer: “The time has come to seriously ask whether antioxidant use much more likely causes than prevents cancer’.” [Reuters]