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May 04, 2004

Go High Fat?

The study we've all been waiting for is reported to suggest that high fat diets are healthy. Scientists fed a small population of healthy individuals a diet high in fat and observed an increase in HDL and a decrease in LDL cholesterol levels.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A relatively high amount of fat in the diet may be a boon to a healthy person's cholesterol levels, a small study suggests. On the other hand, limiting fat intake too much could have the opposite effect.

Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that when 11 healthy but sedentary adults followed a very low-fat diet (19 percent of calories from fat) for three weeks, they saw a drop in their HDL cholesterol -- the "good" cholesterol believed to protect against heart disease


I suppose one might criticize the study by suggesting that the number of individuals was small and the duration was short. In addition, the question has to be raised about ancillary variables that might have influenced the outcome. For example, did the addition of fat displace a different type of food that was not considered? Also, why does this result contradict more elaborate prior studies? What was different?

Posted by Blogorithm at May 4, 2004 10:58 PM


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