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January 7, 1953

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Dr Keys confidently asserts that fat calories relate to heart disease.

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Atherosclerosis: a problem in newer public health.

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"Keys confidently drew a direct line of causation from fat in the diet to serum cholesterol in the blood to heart disease. In a 1952 presentation at Mt. Sinai in New York, Keys formally introduced this idea, which he called his "diet-heart hypothesis." His graph showed a close correlation between fat intake and death rates from heart disease in six countries."

Nina Teicholz - Big Fat Surprise - Page 27

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Diet-Heart Hypothesis
The diet-heart hypothesis, also known as the lipid hypothesis, proposes that there is a direct relationship between dietary fat intake, particularly saturated fat and cholesterol, and the development of heart disease. It suggests that consuming high amounts of these fats leads to an increase in blood cholesterol levels, specifically low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which in turn contributes to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries. Some consider this hypothesis nothing more than wishful thinking.
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