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March 16, 1990

Balanced Nutrition: Beyond the Cholesterol Scare

Author Affiliations

Center for Human Growth and Development University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Center for Human Growth and Development University of Michigan Ann Arbor


by Fredrick J. Stare, Robert E. Olson, and Elizabeth M. Whelan, 360 pp, paper, $12.95, ISBN 1-55850-997-6, Holbrook, Mass, Bob Adams, 1989.

JAMA. 1990;263(11):1569-1570. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440110147043

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Most popular "diet" books are written by free-lancers who bait their literary fare with breathless revelations, lists of allegedly healthy foods, dietary approaches to near-immortality, and a sprinkling of misinformation. However, Stare, Olson, and Whelan, who qualify as both accomplished writers and nutrition professionals, take on a very different task, aiming to provide a basic knowledge of human nutrition in an easily read, large-type format, complete with a glossary and an index. They deal with the question of vitamin supplements (of which they properly disapprove), fad diets, and inevitably cholesterol intake and coronary heart disease, which gives this book its subtitle.

Stare, Olson, and Whelan take a pessimistic position on lowering cholesterol by dietary restriction as a means to reduce atherosclerosis and associated vascular diseases. They are also far less than enthusiastic about the "prudent" diet and the suggestions made by the American Heart Association. With these exceptions, the suggestions