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Low-Fat Diet Doesn't Reduce Risk of Heart Disease or Cancer, Study Shows

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:13pm

The largest study ever to determine if a low-fat diet reduces your risk of getting breast cancer, colon cancer, heart attacks, and strokes found that the diet has no effect, The New York Times reported.

The study, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), followed nearly 49,000 women from 50 to 79 and cost the federal goverment $415 million.

After tracking the women for eight years, researchers found that those following a low-fat diet had the same rates of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart attacks and strokes as those who ate whatever they wanted, researchers are reporting today.

"The results, the study investigators agreed, do not justify recommending low-fat diets to the public to reduce their heart disease and cancer risk," The Times reported.

This just goes to show that weight loss gurus, doctors, and various health organizations have been giving the wrong advice for years!

Especially of late, a number of experts have been condemning this low-fat advice, claiming that it was popularized on the basis of flimsy evidence.

Meanwhile, considerable research shows just the opposite: Eating a diet low in quickie carbs, high in quality carbs such as veggies and fruits, low in saturated fats like butter, and high in top-notch oils like olive oil can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

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