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He soon became convinced that the saturated fats found in meat and dairy products were the cause, and thus began the war on fat that galvanized my parents.
Taubes, a pugnacious writer who clearly relishes the role of muckraker, digs up a long history of attempts to discredit charges against sugar and to point the finger at fat as the primary dietary cause of disease.
The temptation to draw facile connections is ever-present in medical research, and the most valuable current work on these conditions is a matter not of grand unified theories but of a multiplicity of very fine-grained observations. Taubes is critical of scientists’ tendency to see disorders as “multifactorial” and “multidimensional”—that is, as arising from a complex interplay of factors.
[Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar? By Jerome Groopman. At http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/is-fat-killing-you-or-is-sugar , accessed on 2017-03-29 ]