Letters Are some diets “mass murder”?

Are some diets “mass murder”? Mediterranean diet is not to blame for increased carbohydrate intake

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h613 (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h613
  1. J David Spence, professor of neurology and clinical pharmacology and director1
  1. 1Stroke Prevention and Atherosclerosis Research Centre, Robarts Research Institute, Western University, London, ON, Canada N6G 2V2
  1. dspence{at}robarts.ca

Smith implied that much of the blame for the harmful increase in carbohydrate intake was attributable to Ancel Keys’s promotion of the Cretan Mediterranean diet.1

However, this diet is not a low fat one, being high in beneficial fat (~40% of calories from fat, mainly olive oil)2; low in harmful animal fat and cholesterol; and high in fruits, …

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