Swank diet

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Roy L. Swank

The Swank Diet is a low saturated fat diet proposed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and introduced by Roy L. Swank (1909–2008) in 1948.[1]

The widespread claims made for the diet have not been substantiated by independent medical research.[1]

The diet[edit]

According to the Swank diet web site, the diet consists of:

  1. Saturated fat should not exceed 15 grams per day
  2. Unsaturated fat (oils) should be kept to 20-50 grams per day
  3. No red meat for the first year; after that, a maximum of 3 oz. (85 grams) of red meat per week
  4. Dairy products must contain 1% or less butterfat
  5. No processed foods containing saturated fat
  6. A good source of omega-3 (oily fish, Flaxseed, cod liver oil, cod liver oil tablets, etc.) along with a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement are recommended daily
  7. Wheat, gluten or dairy product quantities are not restricted[2]


In 2012, the Cochrane Collaboration conducted a systematic review into dietary therapies for multiple sclerosis and was "not able to confirm the positive results claimed" for the Swank diet because his work was methodologically unsound.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Farinotti M, Vacchi L, Simi S, Di Pietrantonj C, Brait L, Filippini G (2012). "Dietary interventions for multiple sclerosis". Cochrane Database Syst Rev 12: CD004192. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004192.pub3. PMID 23235605. 
  2. ^ http://www.swankmsdiet.org/About%20The%20Diet