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April 21, 1989

Food for Thought

Author Affiliations

Ralston Purina Company St Louis, Mo

Ralston Purina Company St Louis, Mo

JAMA. 1989;261(15):2201. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420150051028

To the Editor.—  Although the article entitled "Food for Thought" in A Piece of My Mind on November 25, 1988, possessed a measure of sad humor in addressing risk factors for coronary disease, I feel obligated to address the misinformation that Dr Wassersug1 has about high-fat diets. To quote him, "The absence of risk factors might be bad news. Bad news, indeed."Epidemiologic information does not support this thought. High-fat, low-fiber diets are risk factors for breast cancer, colon cancer, gallbladder disease and all of its complications, and probably prostate cancer. Dr Wassersug's attempt to hasten his demise with a massive coronary may simply cause him to die more slowly from metastatic cancer of the colon.