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A third project was the Pawtucket Heart Health Program in which the population of Pawtucket, RI, received intensive education at the grass roots level: schools, local government, community organizations, supermarkets, and so forth, but without involving the media (13). A recent analysis combined the results of the three studies so as to increase the sample size to 12 cities (14). Improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, body-mass index (BMI), and smoking were of very low magnitude and were not statistically significant; the estimated risk of CHD mortality was unchanged.

5 mmol/d). Because absorptive extraction is low, even low calcium diets might seem to be adequate, since, in theory, much more calcium could be absorbed. Awareness of this potential may explain why nutritional scientists had been slow to accept the lifelong importance of a high calcium intake for contemporary humans. If the calcium was in the diet and the body was not fully accessing it, then—it was argued—the body did not really need it. , refs. 13–15) that demonstrated that the body would indeed use extra calcium and improve calcium balance if the mineral were provided by a high enough intake.

The extent to which these huge imbalances in advertising budgets affect people’s actual diets is not known, but is almost cer- 20 Temple and Nestle tainly significant (49). Common sense dictates that if advertising did not work, the advertisers would not be wasting their money. A particular issue is food advertising on children’s TV. A study of advertisements appearing on Saturday morning TV in the United States found that 44% were for fats, oils, and sugar, 23% were for highly sugared cereals, and 11% were for fast food restaurants (50).

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