Reflections and opinions on eating and other health-related behaviors

by George A. Goldberg


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This paper discusses the current medical evidence on the effect of diet on health. It covers the topics of fats, fiber, cholesterol, carbohydrates, alcohol and coffee, and their respective effects on health status. It provides general guidelines for adjusting one's eating habits to make them more healthful, and reviews current thinking on the contribution of exercise and medical risk factors to health.

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