What's the Swank Diet?
The Swank Diet is a low-fat diet made popular by Dr. Roy Swank in the 1940s. Dr. Swank was the head of the Division of Neurology of the University of Oregon Medical School for 22 years and he was passionate about improving the quality of life of patients suffering from MS. As he looked at the United Nations food intake after World War II, he began to notice a correlation between areas where heart disease and MS occurred. All of these places were in areas with higher fat intake. This is what initially prompted him to begin researching the effect of low-fat diets on MS symptoms. Dr. Swank claimed that people who consumed diets high in saturated fat were at greater risk for developing MS.