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December 4, 2013

OU gears up for regent meeting, TEDxOU and more

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“My biography of Ancel Keys is an extension of my longstanding research interest in the evolution of American eating and drinking habits and the ways they affect our health status and the definition and management of chronic disease. The methods I am using in my analysis of Keys’ life and work are those of the social and cultural history of medicine, food studies and biography,” Tracy said.

In the 1940s, Keys helped usher in the era of highly-processed, preservative-rich food through his development of the K Ration for the U.S. Army. In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Keys wrote internationally bestselling cookbooks that introduced the United States and the world to the Mediterranean diet and heart healthy eating habits.

Nicknamed “Mr. Cholesterol” by the popular press, Keys appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1961 as the man most likely to find an explanation for America’s No. 1 source of mortality (then and now), heart disease. He was one of the original and loudest advocates of diets low in saturated fat. Yet, the public knows little about this important American scientist, health advocate and author.

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