Wednesday February 8, 2006

Low Fat Diet Debunked

In the News

The largest study ever to ask whether a low-fat diet reduces the risk of getting cancer or heart disease has found that the diet has no effect.

"These studies are revolutionary," said Dr. Jules Hirsch, physician in chief emeritus at Rockefeller University, who has spent a lifetime studying the effects of diets on weight and health. "They should put a stop to this era of thinking that we have all the information we need to change the whole national diet and make everybody healthy."
Although all the study participants were women, the colon cancer and heart disease results should also apply to men, said Dr. Jacques Rossouw, the project officer for the Women's Health Initiative.
Dr. Freedman, the Berkeley statistician, said the overall lesson was clear. "We, in the scientific community, often give strong advice based on flimsy evidence," he said. "That's why we have to do experiments."

[ Study Finds Low-Fat Diet Won't Stop Cancer or Heart Disease, article by Gina Kolata in the NY Times, February 7, 2006 ]

I like that last line, from Dr. Freedman, best.

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