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100 year-old U of I professor responsible for trans fat ban

The Washington Post wrote a fascinating story on U of I professor Fred Kummerow this week. Kummerow has lived for a century and spent the last 60 years researching trans fats and their relationship to human heart disease. His lawsuit in 2013 effectively helped to get the FDA to ban artificial trans fats.

The story itself is amazing and we recommend you head over and check it out, but maybe the most amazing part is that the professor of veterinary biosciences isn’t done with his work:

Glad as he was to see the government finally eliminate most trans fat from the food supply — a move he thinks will save thousands of lives — Kummerow doesn’t consider his job done. He’s pressing forward on research about how fried fats can affect metabolism, hoping to add more academic journal articles to his long list of publications.

Read the whole piece here.

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