The low-fat diet has been a “massive public health failure” and it’s still causing significant harm. This according to a new article by Dr. David Ludwig at Harvard, published in the influential Journal of the American Medical Association:
Even though the 2015 USDA guidelines removed former advice to cut down on fat, decades of bad advice apparently continues to have a negative effect on people’s health.
Why? Perhaps because the high-carb, low-fat way of thinking is still entrenched in many people’s minds. This results in an increased consumption of sugar and other carbs, likely increasing the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Furthermore, the continued fear of natural fats and an obsession with calories may be slowing down research into more promising areas, like low-carbohydrate diets.
According to Dr. Ludwig, we now need “a frank accounting of past and current dietary recommendations and comprehensive measures to mitigate persisting harms from the low-fat diet era”.
In other words, the low-fat diet is pretty much dead1. But it’s still apparently harming people. It’s likely time to finally put it to rest.