Thursday, November 25, 2004

Ancel Keys, dead at 100

Ancel Keys, the University of Minnesota scientist who invented the K ration diet used by soldiers in World War II and who linked high cholesterol and fatty diets to heart disease, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 100.

Not exactly the sort of food we think of on Thanksgiving, the K ration was one of those things that allowed the Allies to triumph in WWII. While the jokes about it abound, it helped keep the troops fed while they fought.

Thanks for the help, Mr. Keys.

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