Ancel Keys 7 Countries Study: Still accurate, actionable and relevant

Disparagements of the methods, intentions, and conclusions of the Seven Countries Study are currently much in vogue. They populate books and on-line commentary, and figure prominently in prevailing dietary trends and debates.
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Critics frequently point out alleged flaws in the seminal study in order to contest its primary dietary finding, that saturated fat was correlated with heart disease, and call into question subsequent nutrition research. This paper was commissioned by the True Health Initiative to explore the historical record and address the popular contentions with primary source material and related work, and in consultation with investigators directly involved. Popular criticisms directed at the study, and the lead investigator, Ancel Keys, turn out to be untrue when the primary source material is examined.

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