Trans fats researcher Fred Kummerow

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 2, on WILL-TV
Fred Kummerow

Fred Kummerow

Fred Kummerow has long argued that trans fats, found in a wide range of processed foods, pose a much greater risk than cholesterol. He got interested in trans fats in the late 1950s when he examined arteries of people who had died from heart attacks and found them clogged with trans fat. “His concerns were dismissed because he was a chemist and not a cardiologist,” said host David Inge. The University of Illinois emeritus professor, who’s been researching the relationship between diet and heart disease for more than 60 years, talks with Inge about his lifestyle, which includes eating an egg every day, and gives some hints about his current research interest—Alzheimer’s disease.

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