Interest in diet and nutrition seems to run in cycles, and because airmen are acutely sensitive to health issues — their livelihood depends on good health — they tend to be more aware of current trends than the average person. Most pilots have at least heard of the theories of nutrition promulgated by Nathan Pritikin, which hold that sources of fat should be almost entirely eliminated from the diet in favor of carbohydrates and vegetables. Then in 1972, Dr. Robert Atkins began publishing ...

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