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Ancel Benjamin Keys
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1904
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 2004
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA

American scientist who was the "K" in K-Rations. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the nephew of actor Lon Chaney, he grew up in Berkeley, California and demonstrated an inclination for science early in life. He studied the influence of diet on health and realized that different kinds of dietary fat had different effects on health. His studies eventually resulted in substantial changes in the U.S. diet and a downward trend in cardio-vascular disease. His influence on dietary science caused him to be featured on the cover of the issue of Time. In addition to his role in establishing modern cardiovascular disease epidemiology, he was closely associated with two famous "diets," one distained by soldiers and the other beloved by health-conscious diners wanting tasty food. As an advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense during World War II, he developed balanced meals for combat soldiers in the field that became known as "K" rations. Later with his wife, Margaret, he popularized the Mediterranean diet. (bio by: Fred Beisser) 
Family links: 
  Benjamine Pious Keys (1883 - 1961)
  Margaret Edith Haney Keys (1909 - 2006)*
  Martha Jane Keys (1949 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Nov 25, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9956168
Ancel Benjamin Keys
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Happy Birthday. Thank you for your contributions to the solders and to the general health of us all.
- a sincere fan
 Added: Jan. 26, 2013
On your 108th birthday..son of teenage parents.
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Jan. 26, 2012
Remembered 7 years later..died in Minneapolis "The City of Lakes", Minnesota
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Nov. 21, 2011
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