Dieting and Health

Archive Report

Relation of Food Elements to Disease

Diet-Conscious americans are caught in the middle of a medical dilemma—whether to go on consuming more fat than probably is good for them or whether to take risks to health that may be involved in not getting enough fat. Because new medical knowledge shows a connection between consumption of fats and certain forms of heart disease, the idea is gaining popular credence that reducing the fat content of the daily diet may make heart attacks less likely. But nutritionists are concerned lest medically unauthorized tinkering with basic eating habits lead to harmful physical deficiencies.

This is not the first time that scientific advances in the field of nutrition have threatened to encourage irrational dietary practices. Discovery of the role of ...

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