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June 14, 1958

FATS USED AS DRUGS

JAMA. 1958;167(7):863. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.72990240025010a
Abstract

Reports to the Council on Foods and Nutrition recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association have carried such statements as:

There is little evidence that small amounts of corn oil added to a diet of ordinary foods containing moderate amounts of animal fat will result in a lowering of the cholesterol level, and there is absolutely no evidence that it will affect the regression of atherosclerosis or lessen the likelihood of the development of coronary artery disease.... We should like to affirm that nutritional researches in this important area of health are most promising and we are enthusiastic about them. But, we think that such enthusiasm should be directed toward further research, to get the many answers we do not have, rather than toward suggesting changes in our accustomed diets, when we are not too sure at this time if, or how, they should be changed.1

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