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The Dangers In a High-Fat Diet

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

As a dietitian, I'd hate for consumers to be hoodwinked into believing that a diet chock-full of high-fat animal products, including butter, egg yolks, meat products and raw milk, is healthful ["The Great Divide: Who Says Good Nutrition Means Animal Fats? Weston A. Price," Food, Aug. 6].

Decades of scientific studies show that regular consumption of high-fat, high-cholesterol foods can wreak havoc on the human body.

British Heart Foundation research from Oxford University shows that high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets -- such as the diet Price advocates -- directly affect the heart by depleting energy stores.

And a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that high protein intake is associated with an increased risk of premenopausal breast cancer and prostate cancer.

To truly protect their health, Americans should fill their plates with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other vegetarian foods.

SUSAN LEVIN

Washington

The writer is a staff dietitian with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

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