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The Longest Fad Diet in American History

The Fad Pyramid

In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack and survived. At the time, he was at a healthy weight and had normal serum cholesterol levels. The president’s medical advisors then instructed him to decrease his fat intake and increase his carbohydrate intake. In response to the intense dietary intervention, his blood cholesterol levels increased as well as his weight. Naturally, he decreased his fat intake even more to try to counteract this unexpected result. He soon became obsessed with these numbers. So, you can guess that he followed the medical advice to a tee.

How do you think this story ends? Well, President Eisenhower had 6 more heart attacks in the next 13 years along with other diet related issues (persistent digestive issues for example). The last of the 7 total heart attacks killed him in 1969.

Now let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture. This is just one person. The same advice that was given to Eisenhower is being given to us every single day. Whether it be via advertisements on TV telling you to “go ahead. cheat on butter” or news headlines telling you red meat will kill you (based on faux science).

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