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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is written in lay language easily understood by persons who do not have science backgrounds. It is an in depth summary of more than 70 years of research by the author on the lack of a role of cholesterol in coronary heart disease. It discusses the misguided efforts to lower serum cholesterol levels by low cholesterol diets and drugs. He points out that there is no correlation between serum cholesterol levels and incidence of atherosclerosis.
The book outlines the correlation between trans fat in the US diet and increases in coronary heart disease.
The author advocates a total ban on trans fats and has petitioned the USDA for such a ban.
The book succeeds in achieving its goal of "separating scientific fact fro nutritional fiction" about what we eat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. Very well written and easy to understand and really enlightening about the US food production process as well as how to eat healthier and really live a long and fruitful life. There are plenty of great tables to reference as well concerning vitamins and minerals in certain types of food. It's also great to know that eggs aren't bad like once thought and that cholesterol isn't as big a concern. Before this I didn't even know how trans fats were bad, but now after reading it I feel MUCH more informed on the subject and now know what foods to avoid and what to eat more of for a good balanced diet.

Along with all that good information, the book also spans over decades of research and the Author clearly knows exactly what he's talking about. He's 93!!! and still working and exercising! Amazing.

I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about nutrition and health as well as anyone who just wanted to be informed on the current path to banning trans fats and why certain things are bad for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 2, 2013
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Written in 2008, the book "Cholesterol Won't Kill You but Trans Fat Could" is part of a growing amount of literature that praises the virtues of cholesterol, vilifies statins and helps people view the root of heart disease in a different light than what mainstream analysis usually conveys.

As of 2013, Fred A. Kummerow is 98 years old. He's a biochemist and food scientist at the University of Illinois with seven decades of experience in the field of nutrition. I believe he's a pioneer in this field who will be remembered as a persistent genius of his time, as well as someone who may not always get the credit he deserves while living.

Kummerow writes that cholesterol is a "life-sustaining substance that has been unfairly implicated in heart disease." In his book, he says the American Heart Association's standards of healthy cholesterol levels are not accurate, and that the focus on HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) is overemphasized and incorrect. The right amount of cholesterol in an individual's body, he believes, is what's required to maintain good health. And everybody's body is different.

Kummerow has analyzed the results of countless blood plasma samples and arteries and has consistently observed that people with both low and high cholesterol levels die from heart disease. His research covers the composition, structure and biochemistry of coronary arteries, and what he has found is that smoking, vegetable oils, partially hydrogenated fats and fried foods should be avoided. Cholesterol, Kummerow believes, can turn harmful if one's diet is unhealthy.

The author's knowledge of health and heart disease is unparalleled, but he and co-author Jean M. Kummerow (his daughter) don't always reveal his research in the most readable way. Written in blocky paragraphs, the information is often overly technical and meandering. Kummerow's book eventually transforms into a diatribe of charts, food facts and research results that cover many aspects of health. Luckily, he includes "Key Points" at the end of each chapter to sum things up in an understandable way.

It's Kummerow's simplistic guidance that holds the most weight in my opinion. He preaches a moderate, well-rounded diet that includes fats, proteins, carbohydrates, the "roughage" from vegetables and the sweetness provided by fruits. Watching your caloric intake and burning off what you eat between meals (and not snacking throughout the day) will keep your weight in check. And a slice of pie every so often isn't going to kill you.

Kummerow himself would likely admit that research on heart disease and cholesterol has evolved since 2008, and parts of his book may be outdated. Still, if you're looking to go beyond the standard lipid hypothesis of heart disease conveyed by so many others in this field, "Cholesterol Won't Kill You" is a solid read. The biochemist's life work of learning how cholesterol is used in the body and how to prevent "good" cholesterol from transforming into "bad" cholesterol may offer people more of a chance to live to 98.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Outstanding health and nutrition book, easy to read and understand. I followed Dr. Kummerow's suggestions and not only feel so much better, but have actually lost weight while eating all the great foods I thought were forbidden. I wish I'd known all this years ago, but it's never too late to change your diet to maximize your health.
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on June 14, 2014
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Reading Dr. Kummerow's book has been rewarding. At last, factual information that's been very helpful .

I feel like celebrating !
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on June 9, 2014
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I will follow his advice hoping to be as clear in my brain as Kummarow is 99 yrs old.Recommended his voice and his arguments are needed.
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on October 18, 2014
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By now, this is old information. But Kummerow may have been one of the first with it.
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