A low-fat diet might kill you, finds the new PURE study

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Could a low-fat diet kill you? A new study published in the prestigeous medical journal the Lancet is another nail in the coffin for our current fat-phobic, carb-heavy guidelines.

The PURE study followed over 135 000 people in 18 countries from 5 continents for over seven years. They found that people who ate more carbohydrates died earlier. A higher intake of fat, on the other hand, was linked to longer lives. This was true regardless of whether the fat was unsaturated or saturated – high consumption of all fats were linked to a longer life.

In addition, people who avoided saturated fats had an increased risk of stroke, suggesting that saturated fats might protect against stroke.

Of course observational data like this cannot prove cause and effect. However, it’s highly unlikely that natural saturated fats would be anything to worry about, when people around the world who eat the most saturated fats live significantly longer lives!

It’s another nail in the coffin for the utterly failed low-fat dietary guidelines. Or, as the Lancet study concludes: Global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings.

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4 Comments

  1. Max
    Great news, this is what is suggested:
    "“This is a thumbs-up for UK recommendations which advise up to 35 per cent of energy from fat and an average of 50 per cent of energy from carbohydrate - of which only 5 per cent should be sugar.""

    Make sure to stay to the recomenadtions - 35% fat and 50% carbohydrate

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  2. Diane

    Great news, this is what is suggested:
    "“This is a thumbs-up for UK recommendations which advise up to 35 per cent of energy from fat and an average of 50 per cent of energy from carbohydrate - of which only 5 per cent should be sugar.""Make sure to stay to the recomenadtions - 35% fat and 50% carbohydrate

    Except that is not what the Uk's Eatwell Guide recommends at all. See this examination of the UK guidelines by Zoe Harcombe. The new Eatwell Guide actually recommends that a whopping 68% of calories come from starchy foods and that's before you add in the 'junk food' that they say you should eat 'less often' - whatever that means!!! It also doesn't include carbs that come from fruits, vegetables, pulses and dairy. So in reality, the UK's dietary recommendations are extremely high in carbohydrate.

    http://www.zoeharcombe.com/2016/03/eatwell-guide/

  3. MWallB
    PURE is a poorly designed study paid for by meat and dairy industries. stick to whole plant foods and highly restrict any animal products and processed foods in your diet.

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