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Ancel Keys

Ancel Keys

Ancel Benjamin Keys was an American scientist who studied the influence of diet on health. In particular, he hypothesized that different kinds of dietary fat have different effects on health. He examined the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and was responsible for two famous diets: K-rations, formulated as balanced meals for combat soldiers in World War II, and the Mediterranean diet, which he popularized with his wife Margaret. Science, diet, and health were central themes in his professional and private lives. In the midst of arguing against his work in her book The Big Fat Surprise, journalist Nina Teicholz writes that if there is a Great Man theory of history, "In the ... more on Wikipedia

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