Scientist warning about the dangers of trans fats dies at 102


Fred A. Kummerow

Scientist Fred A. Kummerow, who early on pointed out trans fats (rather than saturated fat) as the culprit in heart disease, passed away in late May at the respectable age of 102. The driving spirit fought for a ban on trans fats, and even kept his research laboratory until he was 101 years old.

How did he stay sharp and live so long? The secret could lie in his healthy real-foods diet:

Dr. Kummerow’s daily diet included a breakfast of eggs scrambled in butter. He drank three glasses of whole milk a day and regularly ate meat and cheese, along with fruits, vegetables and grains. He avoided processed foods and french fries.


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