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Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

The irradiation of food kills bacteria and thus retards spoilage. However, it also lowers the nutritional value of many foods. For example, irradiation destroys a significant percentage of whatever vitamin B1 a food may contain. Proponents of irradiation point out that irradiation is no worse in this respect than cooking. However, this fact is either beside the point, since much irradiated food is eaten raw, or else misleading, since _______.

A. many of the proponents of irradiation are food distributors who gain from foodâ€™s having a longer shelf life
B. it is clear that killing bacteria that may be present on food is not the only effect that irradiation has
C. cooking is usually the final step in preparing food for consumption, whereas irradiation serves to ensure a longer shelf life for perishable foods
D. certain kinds of cooking are, in fact, even more destructive of vitamin B1 than carefully controlled irradiation is
E. for food that is both irradiated and cooked, the reduction of vitamin B1 associated with either process individually is compounded
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20 Sep 2004, 10:22
The irradiation of food kills bacteria and thus retards spoilage. However, it also lowers the nutritional value of many foods. For example, irradiation destroys a significant percentage of whatever vitamin B1 a food may contain. Proponents of irradiation point out that irradiation is no worse in this respect than cooking. However, this fact is either beside the point, since much irradiated food is eaten raw, or else misleading, since _______.

A. many of the proponents of irradiation are food distributors who gain from foodâ€™s having a longer shelf life
B. it is clear that killing bacteria that may be present on food is not the only effect that irradiation has
C. cooking is usually the final step in preparing food for consumption, whereas irradiation serves to ensure a longer shelf life for perishable foods I will go with this one because if this is true then te comparison above is misleading, that is the author is citing an alternative which has nothing in common with the first
D. certain kinds of cooking are, in fact, even more destructive of vitamin B1 than carefully controlled irradiation is
E. for food that is both irradiated and cooked, the reduction of vitamin B1 associated with either process individually is compounded
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20 Sep 2004, 12:59
I will go with C
The author says "this fact is either beside the point" and says why irr and cooking are unrelated. This has to be parallel to "misleading" point ....
Only C mentions that irr and cooking are not related
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20 Sep 2004, 13:08
Totally C; the comparison is invalid because the reference methods are unrelated
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26 Sep 2004, 14:29
The cooking does not come into picture at all because most of irradiated food is eaten raw.

I dont know how (C) undermines proponents claim because the tone of the argument says that the author is trying to undermine proponents claim.
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27 Sep 2004, 20:00
I, first, fell for C, but finally chose E.

for foods that are irradiated and cooked B1 should get destroyed twice, but the premise says irradiation destroys all the B1 available. So what does cooking gonna destroy? Proponents of irradiation failed to take this case in consideration.
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28 Sep 2004, 03:18
Will go for D.

The author is making an attempt to support the conclusion that irradiation is a better method for preserving food. The approach is to present a counter arguement (cooking) and then to proove it wrong and attacks the counter premise (B1), as done by choice D.
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28 Sep 2004, 08:24
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Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

The irradiation of food kills bacteria and thus retards spoilage. However, it also lowers the nutritional value of many foods. For example, irradiation destroys a significant percentage of whatever vitamin B1 a food may contain. Proponents of irradiation point out that irradiation is no worse in this respect than cooking. However, this fact is either beside the point, since much irradiated food is eaten raw, or else misleading, since _______.

A. many of the proponents of irradiation are food distributors who gain from foodâ€™s having a longer shelf life
B. it is clear that killing bacteria that may be present on food is not the only effect that irradiation has
C. cooking is usually the final step in preparing food for consumption, whereas irradiation serves to ensure a longer shelf life for perishable foods
D. certain kinds of cooking are, in fact, even more destructive of vitamin B1 than carefully controlled irradiation is
E. for food that is both irradiated and cooked, the reduction of vitamin B1 associated with either process individually is compounded

So we are looking for WHY IT IS MISLEADING....the first part of the argument already talks about BESIDE THE POINT which is mentioned in C

E shows why it is misleading cause it describes the negative effect. it is worse to combine the two....
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