You say tomato...
Al and I had burgers for lunch yesterday...
angry doc: Hey Al, you know a thing or two about Chinese medicine, right
Al: Ya, why?
angry doc: So is the tomato considered 'heaty' or 'cooling' under TCM?
Al: Mildly cooling, why?
angry doc: How did they know that?
Al: What do you mean?
angry doc: I mean, the tomato is a New World plant, right? That means it wasn't known in China until like 500 years ago, right? So how did the ancient Chinese know whether it was 'heaty' or 'cooling'?
Al: Er... maybe they tested it after it was introduced into China.
angry doc: How did they do that? It's not like there's a pH paper for 'heaty' or 'cooling', or some lab test they can use to detect how much 'heatiness' a gram of tomato has or something, right?
Al: Er... maybe they conducted experiments? Gave some people who were 'heaty' some tomatoes and see if they cooled down?
angry doc: You reckon? I'm just wondering whether they had a proper study with good methodology and control and all that, and whether the study was validated in subsequent studies. Think you can dig up some papers or references?
Al: I don't think they had randomised controlled trials back in the 16th century; I mean, it's just a vegetable, right?
angry doc: Don't you think it's important, man? I mean, people eat tomatoes all the time! Not to mention the ketchup. And did you know that China is the world's largest producer of tomatoes?
Al: Actually, I didn't.
angry doc: And it's a fruit, not a vegetable.
Al: Er... whatever. Can I have some of your fries?
angry doc: That depends; is the potato considered 'heaty' or 'cooling'?
Al: Forget it, I'll get my own fries...
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