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“In Framingham, Mass, the more saturated fat one ate . . . the lower the person’s serum cholesterol . . . and [they] weighed the least,”

Not until 1992, in fact, did a Framingham study leader publicly acknowledge the study’s findings on fat. “In Framingham, Mass, the more saturated fat one ate . . . the lower the person’s serum cholesterol . . . and [they] weighed the least,” wrote William P. Castelli, one of the Framingham directors, and he published this admission not as a formal study finding but instead as an editorial in a journal not normally read by most doctors.VII (Castelli clearly found it hard to believe that this finding could be true, and he insisted in an interview that the problem must have been one of imprecise collection of the dietary data, but the methodology Mann used was meticulous by the standards of the field, so Castelli’s explanation doesn’t seem likely.)

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