Medicine: Fat in the Fire

The reduction or control of fat consumption under medical supervision, with reasonable substitution of polyunsaturated for saturated fats, is recommended as a possible means of preventing atherosclerosis and decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The statement itself was hardly news, but its sponsorship was. Half reluctantly, the American Heart Association finally gave its blessing to the anti-cholesterol crusade. In one taut paragraph, it cautiously sanctioned the painstaking work of researchers such as New York's Dr. Norman Jolliffe and Minneapolis' Dr. Ancel Keys. Their research indicates, in essence, that saturated fats stimulate...

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