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A source of our wealth, yet adverse to our health? Butter and the diet-heart link in New Zealand to c.1990

Steel, Frances


The medical link between dietary saturated fat, serum cholesterol, and arteriosclerosis redefined meanings for butter in New Zealand, from a celebrated dietary staple to a potentially harmful substance to be closely monitored in the diet. The introduction of a nutritionally endorsed butter substitute, polyunsaturated margarine, heightened this shift. This article addresses the ways in which such links are taken up and negotiated outside the medical sphere. It examines the responses of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Social History of Medicine
DOI: 10.1093/shm/hki048


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