Friday, March 09, 2007

The Low-Fat Diet Flunks Another Test

A NY Times blog reports:
The federal government has determined that a low-fat diet is beneficial to your health. That’s why it’s been advising Americans for so long to cut back on fats. But scientists are obstinately refusing to get with the program.

The latest blow to the official wisdom comes from Stanford University researchers in the new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was described as the largest and longest comparison yet done of four popular diets, as Reuters reports :
The study randomly assigned a group of 311 overweight, post-menopausal, non-diabetic women one of the four diets. All attended weekly diet classes for eight weeks and were given books to follow. Their weight and metabolism were then checked for the following 10 months.
Another big medical study has shown benefits to a high-fat diet. For many years, supposed experts have been telling everyone that a low-fat diet is healthier, while the science says the opposite.

Common sense would seem to imply that you would eat a low-fat diet to lose fat. But if your physician tells you that, then you can conclude that he hasn't read any of the research for the last 40 years.

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