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Gary Taubes: The Complications of Cholesterol

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Published on Apr 11, 2011

"In the case of diet and heart disease, Ancel Keys's hypothesis that cholesterol is the agent of atherosclerosis was considered the simplest possible hypothesis, because cholesterol is found in atherosclerotic plaques and because cholesterol was relatively easy to measure," writes Gary Taubes in Good Calories, Bad Calories (GCBC). "But as the the measurement technology became increasingly more sophisticated, every one of the complications that arose has implicated carbohydrates rather than fat as the dietary agent of heart disease." In this 2005 interview, before the publication of GCBC, Taubes discusses the cholesterol story. A more comprehensive account can be found in Chapter 9 of GCBC: Triglycerides and the Complications of Cholesterol

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