Study: Low-fat diets may not stave off illness

02/8/2006 | MSNBC · NYTimes.com · Washington Post, The

A new study of about 50,000 women concludes a low-fat diet later in life does not lower the risk of developing strokes, certain cancers and heart disease. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health said it may have been a mistake to stress the health benefits of a low-fat diet instead of attempting to differentiate between good and bad types of fat. "People were given the idea that it was only fat calories that counted," Willett said. "This should be the nail in the coffin for low-fat diets."

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