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The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

We’re doing a classic article this week – the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. I always think I should put ‘starvation’ in inverted commas, as it really wasn’t that bad. The article is a true classic and a good one to remember as Ancel Keys is much attacked for his work on dietary fat and we should not forget the quite brilliant study that he did towards the end of World War II...


The bombing of Pearl Harbour brought the Americans into World War II on 8 December 1941. Europe had already been at war since September 1939. Fuel rationing started in the UK later that year and food rationing started in January 1940. The first food product to be rationed in American history was sugar (from May 1942 until 1947).


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