Diabetes Forecast

High-Fat Diet May Not Harm Heart

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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For more than 30 years, the U.S. government has advised people to eat no more than 30 percent of their total calories as fat and no more than 10 percent as saturated fat. But new research suggests that advice was not based on evidence. In six studies of a total of 2,467 males, there was no difference in death from heart disease or death overall during the study periods for those who followed high-fat versus low-fat diets, even though cholesterol levels were lower for those who ate less fat. The American Diabetes Association doesn’t give specific fat targets, but does say that foods containing unsaturated fats (such as olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds) are better choices than those higher in trans or saturated fats, and that leaner protein sources and meat alternatives are preferred.
Source: BMJ Open Heart, published online Feb. 9, 2015



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