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6 Risks of Eating a Low-Fat Diet

How Low Can You Go? The Big Fat Truth about Low-Fat Diets


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  • Misleading argument based on spurious, poorly done research. And 30-35% fat is not a low-fat diet. While it is true that replacing fat with sugar is a bad idea, this misrepresents the true advocates of actual low fat diets. The advice is to reduce the consumption of animal products to plant foods.
  • I eat 1600 calories a day and 30-32% fat as I have too low cholesterol and it needs to be raised,advised to avoid low fat dairy. In Canada the low fat products do not have added sugar. I see on many labels they do in the U.S. our no fat yogurt has 35 calories per. serving, the U.S. one on Spark People has 100 calories per. serving because it has added sugar, ours does not. Your light ice cream has 100 calories per. 1/2 cup and I buy gourmet regular ice cream at 100 calories per. 1/2 cup.
  • I try to keep an eye on the saturated fats in my diet as well as staying away from trans fats. But otherwise, I don't have to keep a close eye on the fats in my diet. I could probably stand to add a little more healthy fats to my diet
    Old article definitely needs updating.
  • Low fat fad of the 90s? Ha! I'd been advised to eat low/no fat since I was maybe 12 years old, and I'm 64 now. I've had breast cancer and melanoma, and high cholesterol. I wonder how much that dietician-given advice harmed me?
  • Read "The Big Fat Lie" by Nina Teicholz, and then start ignoring any and all nutrition advice that comes from the guv'mint.
    Eating adequate amounts of healthy fat "grease" the skids so to speak, "eliminating" constipation issues for most people. For me, eating too light causes that "heavy" feeling. Enough said.
    This article may need updating. There is now a study that says "good" cholestorol is no longer a thing.
    This article may need updating. There is now a study that says "good" cholestorol is no longer a thing.
  • The whole 'why are we so fat in America?' problem really probably started nearly a century ago, and has been building slowly ever since. During Prohibition, people started consuming things like chocolate and soda in greater amounts (even as early as 1922 there were observations about increases in sugar consumption compared to pre-WWI numbers). Once we let that genie out, we never really put it back in the sweet, delicious bottle, and now we just sort of accept our current consumption levels as the norm. (The average American today consumes 100 pounds of sugar more per year than our ancestors a century ago!)
    No real guilt trip to that, I just think it's interesting how things from a century ago are still affecting us now.
  • Fat enhances satiety. We are more satisfied when we have fat in our diet.

    One thing noted in the article is that when fat is taken out, sugar is added to enhance taste. Maybe in some cases. In man cases, sweeteners and "bulking" ingredients are added to replace the fat. If the recipe takes something out, something has to replace it, basically.
  • Consuming healthy fats has played a big huge role in lowering my bad cholesterol and triglycerides! Fat free options are typically sodium or sugar bombs...they have to add flavor somehow!
    Intelligent article. I am going to share that one.
    People love to hear good news about their bad habits. Animal fats, in any concentration, are inflammatory and not good for the body. Read any book by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, or Dr. John McDougall....but first search out their qualifications, which are humbling. The reason the American Guidelines were so much higher than what is actually healthful is because it was thought the American people would never eat that low a fat percentage....and they were right!

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